- 1 countable 1.1 (mark, trace)(Mathematics)can you walk a straight line?
recta (feminine)¿puedes caminar en línea recta?to draw a linetrazar una líneato put o draw a line through somethingtachar algoto sign on the dotted linefirmar en la línea punteada or de puntosto be on the line [colloquial]estar en peligroto lay it on the line [colloquial]
peligrarno andarse con rodeosI'm going to lay it on the line with you …no me voy a andar con rodeos …to lay o put something on the line [colloquial]
te lo voy a decir claramente …jugarse algoI laid my life on the line for you!¡me jugué la vida por ti!Example sentences1.2 (on face, palm)
(wrinkle) arruga (feminine)Example sentences1.3 (of cocaine)
- Put your measuring tape on the floor, mark a line at 15 in then mark a line at 40 in.
- The red line drawn on the ground in the Mitte District marks where the wall stood.
- I huddled close to Mark, seeing the line of orange light on the carpet where the thick curtains didn't meet properly.
- Although the effects of laser resurfacing can last for years, wrinkles and expression lines recur as skin ages.
- Skin damage, including lines and wrinkles, can actually start showing up in your 20s.
- His hair is graying already, he has grey stubble on his chin, wrinkles, laugh lines, and crows feet.
- Now, I have the odd pint and maybe the odd line of cocaine on a special occasion.
- He told police that he had snorted two lines of cocaine that evening, December 11 last year, but claimed the drug had no effect.
- He also told the jury he had had four lines of cocaine and ten pints of lager that evening.
- 2 2.1 countable (boundary, border) the county/state line (American English)(la línea de) la frontera del condado/estadoto cross o pass the Linecruzar el Ecuador or la línea ecuatorialthe dividing linela línea divisoriathere's a fine line between bluntness and rudenessde la franqueza a la mala educación hay solo un pasoto draw the line (at something)I don't mind untidiness, but I draw the line at thisno me importa el desorden, pero esto es intolerable or esto ya es demasiadoone has to draw the line somewhereen algún momento hay que decir bastato tread o walk a thin o fine lineandar or caminar en la cuerda flojaExample sentences2.2 countable (Sport) twenty-two meter line (in rugby) (before noun) line judge/fault
juez (masculine or feminine) /falta (feminine) de líneahe disputed the line callprotestó contra la decisión del juez de línea2.3 countable or uncountable (contour) the clean lines of the new designla pureza de líneas del nuevo diseñoExample sentences
- The communications revolution has blurred traditional class lines.
- A lot has been made over the last couple of years of the lines being blurred between news and entertainment.
- In southern Louisiana, a fierce love of place cuts across lines of class and religion.
- Smooth sensual lines and bold designs feature in a combination of glazed and matt finishes for a stylish contemporary result.
- This urban contemporary collection keeps things in perspective with simple forms, clean lines and subtle shapes.
- Classics are styles that have been popular for years because of their clean lines and utilitarian features.
- 3 3.1 countable or uncountable (cable, rope)also: clothes o , washing linealso: fishing lineExample sentences3.2 countable (Telecommunications) the lines are down
no hay líneathere's a call for you on line onetiene una llamada en la línea unoit's your father on the linesu padre al teléfonothere's some interference on the line
- I seem to remember reading something about a study that showed a definite link between high voltage lines and increased cancer risk.
- He said that whatever electricity lines came from the sub-station would be carried on wooden poles.
- Their primary concern is the potential health risks associated with high voltage overhead lines.
lo llama su padrehay interferencia en la líneahold the line, pleaseno cuelgue or (Southern Cone tb) no corte, por favorit's a very bad linese oye muy malwe have a direct line to the police stationtenemos línea directa con la comisaría
- 4 countable (Transport) 4.1 (company, service) shipping linelínea de transportes marítimos
compañía (feminine) navieraExample sentences4.2 (Railways)
(track) (British English)
- Already, the major shipping lines want to reduce the number of calls made to ports in north-west Europe.
- All the major lines offer a number of routes and cruise itineraries for the Caribbean.
- Yes, there is life even after retirement with plenty of openings in ship building industry and shipping lines.
vía (feminine)Example sentences
- He then managed to find a hole in the fence by the railway line and ran onto the tracks.
- Residents in Station Road are angry that trees have been chopped down to prevent leaves falling on to the railway line.
- Last week in South Yorkshire a metal pole was placed on a railway line which pierced the underneath of a passenger carriage.
- Visions of a metro system, light railways, reopened suburban lines and new tram links have been held out in front of us.
- Other than the expressway, two dedicated railway lines have been planned to connect Bangalore to Devanahalli.
- I'm now sat on the train from London to Braintree, a town at the end of a branch line off the main capital to coast route.
- 5 uncountable or countable 5.1 (path, direction) line of firelínea de fuegoline of retreatlínea de retiradasupply lineslíneas de suministroit was right in my line of visionme obstruía la visual→ resistanceExample sentences5.2 (attitude, policy) to take a firm/hard line (with somebody/on something)
adoptar una postura or línea firme/dura (con alguien/con respecto a algo)the official line is that …la postura or línea oficial es que …she takes the line that …su actitud es que …the party linela línea del partidoto toe o (American English also) hew the lineacatar la disciplinaExample sentences5.3 (method, style) line of inquiry
- Contemporary opponents of liberalism prefer indirect lines of attack.
- Sometimes the various lines of attack become crossed.
- We'll have to wait and see what the reasons are but there are essentially two overlapping lines of attack.
línea (feminine) de investigaciónline of argument I was thinking of something along the lines of …pensaba en algo del tipo de or por el estilo de …we're thinking along similar linespensamos de la misma maneraon American linesa la manera americana
- The senior civil servants are expected to brief their departmental ministers according to the agreed line.
- Under his tenure its political line has been marked by a further shift to the right.
- The SNP is giving its MSPs a free vote on this, not least because it has yet to establish a common line.
- 6 countable 6.1 (row)(queue) (American English)a line of cars
cola (feminine)una fila or hilera de cochespolice stood in a line blocking the streetun cordón de policías bloqueó la callethey formed a o fell into line behind their teacherse pusieron en fila detrás del profesorthe soldiers fell into linelos soldados se alinearonto wait in line (American English)hacer colato get in line (American English)ponerse en la colato cut in line (American English)colarse [colloquial], brincarse or saltarse la cola (Mexico) [colloquial]all/somewhere along the lineshe's had bad luck all along the lineha tenido mala suerte desde el principiowe must have made a mistake somewhere along the linedebemos de haber cometido un error en algún momentodown the linethese changes will affect everyone (right) down the lineestos cambios afectarán a todos, del primero al últimoin line with somethingwages haven't risen in line with inflationlos sueldos no han aumentado a la par de la inflaciónthe new measures are in line with government policylas nuevas medidas siguen la línea de la política del gobiernoin line with other manufacturers, we have …como otros fabricantes or al igual que otros fabricantes, hemos …out of linethat remark was out of lineese comentario estuvo fuera de lugartheir ideas were out of line with minesus ideas no coincidían con las míasto step out of linemostrar disconformidadto bring somebody/something into linehe needs to be brought into line
desobedecerhay que llamarlo al ordenhay que meterlo en vereda [colloquial]the province was brought into line with the rest of the countryla situación de la provincia se equiparó a la del resto del paísto fall in/into linethey had to fall in line with company policytuvieron que aceptar or acatar la política de la compañíathat's their policy and they expect us to fall into lineesa es su política y esperan que la acatemos or que actuemos conforme a ellato keep somebody in linetener a alguien a rayasee also→ online2Example sentences
Example sentences6.2 (succession) the title passes through the female line
- A woman in the line ahead of me kept up a running commentary on whether to have a soda or a soft ice - cream, but when she finally reached the counter there was no soft ice cream left.
- At the American supermarket I learnt that we must join the line, not the queue.
- It took me less than 15 minutes yesterday to fill the car with gasoline as there were only 11 vehicles waiting in the line ahead of me.
el título se transmite por línea maternahis line goes back to …su linaje se remonta hasta …he's the latest in a long line of radical leaderses el último de una larga serie de dirigentes radicaleshe's next in line to the thronees el siguiente en la línea de sucesión al tronohe's in line for the postes candidato al puestoa long line of disastersuna larga serie de desastres
- We see long lines of traffic on single lanes leading up to roundabouts when common sense dictates that an extra lane should have been put in from day one.
- Long lines of blood donors queued up outside area hospitals.
- By the time the doors opened, more than 100 people had queued, in a line stretching back to Peasholme Green.
- 7also: production linecadena (feminine) de producción
línea (feminine) de producción(before noun) (production)
en cadena or línea
- 8 countable (Military) behind enemy linestras las líneas enemigasto hold the linedefender las líneas de combate or el frentehe is trying to hold the line against further cutsestá tratando de impedir que sigan haciendo recortesthe battle lines have been drawnestamos ( or están etc) en pie de guerraExample sentences
- The United States had no unit dedicated to the resupply of forces behind enemy lines.
- He began to recruit, train and insert agents who would gather intelligence behind enemy lines.
- When asked about the prospect of being shot down behind enemy lines, Breen remembers the optimism of youth.
- 9 9.1 countable (of text)(of poem) verso (masculine)the best line in the moviela mejor frase de la películanew line (when dictating) to give somebody a line on something [colloquial]darle una pista de algo a alguiento read between the lines to shoot a line (British English) [slang] to spin o feed o give somebody a linesoltarle or contarle una bola or un rollo a alguien [colloquial]don't give me that line!¡no me vengas con historias or cuentos! [colloquial]Example sentences9.2
also: lines plural(Theater)to learn one's linesaprenderse el papelhe forgot his linesse olvidó de lo que le tocaba decirExample sentences9.3
- When a young man refused to buy a ticket, the conductor pointed out a couple of lines written in bold letters on the front of the bus.
- Luxembourg wrote those lines three years before the outbreak of the barbarism that was World War One.
- Despite years of research, I cannot find a shred of evidence that Emily wrote a single line of Wuthering Heights.
also: lines plural(British English) (School)(castigo en que el alumno debe escribir cierta frase repetidas veces)Example sentences9.4 (note)
- If an actor forgot his lines, a special button was pressed to cut off the sound to the viewer.
- He sees how each scene should look, how the music should feel, how the actors should speak their lines.
- We have all seen this movie a hundred times and can pretty much speak all the actor's lines from memory.
líneas (feminine plural)drop her a lineescríbele unas líneasjust a line to let you know that …
- At school he had to draw pictures instead of doing lines as punishment.
- His detention turns out to be much more unorthodox than writing a hundred lines.
mándale una notaunas líneas para decirte que …
- 10 countable 10.1 (area of activity) what line are you in?¿a qué te dedicas?in my line of businessen mi trabajo or profesiónopera isn't really my linela ópera no es lo mío10.2 (of merchandise) he has a nice line in mother-in-law jokestiene un buen surtido or repertorio de chistes de suegrasExample sentences
- Now he hoped to expand his line of products and services by taking advantage of the Web.
- The company has streamlined its existing product range and launched the new lines after extensive consumer research.
- It's not surprising, then, that the demand for new products and new lines at Wal-Mart is unending.
- 1 (mark with lines)(paper)old age had lined her face
rayarla edad le había surcado el rostro de arrugas [literary]Example sentences
- Over her shoulder, she cast Mark a curious glance before unfolding the small, lined piece of paper.
- As for the writing paper (which should never be called note paper), this must be plain, not lined, and white or ivory.
- His face has always had that lined and lived-in look, but as he sits sipping a glass of water in an Edinburgh hotel he has the luminescent glow of someone who keeps fit and healthy.
- 2 (border) the avenue is lined with treesla avenida está bordeada or flanqueada de árbolescrowds lined the routecientos de personas estaban alineadas a ambos lados del caminoExample sentences
- The next day thousands of spectators lined the route.
- Scores of police on foot and horseback lined the route as the protestors marched at a slow pace, bringing traffic to a standstill.
- Although thousands of people lined the pavements to salute the couple, the turnout was much lower than had been expected.
- 1verb + adverb (form line, row)
ponerse en fila
(queue up) (American English)they lined up behind the teacher
se pusieron en or formaron fila detrás del maestrothe party lined up behind the leader
el partido cerró filas en torno a su líder2verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object 2.1 (form into line)
(soldiers/prisoners)2.2 (arrange) we've a busy program lined up for you
poner en fila
poner en fila
le tenemos preparada una apretada agendawe do not have anyone lined up for the job yet
aún no tenemos a nadie en vista para el trabajohave you got anything lined up for the weekend?
¿tienes algo planeado para el fin de semana?2.3 (align)
- 1(skirt/box)line the dish with pastry
forrarforre el molde con masaExample sentences
- The bottom of the dress was lined with pink material, and her shoes were pink with purple rhinestones.
- Inside the bag is lined with black crepe de chine with magenta polka dots.
- Inside, the drawer was lined with dusty pink lining paper.
- 2 (form lining along) books lined the walls, the walls were lined with bookslas paredes estaban cubiertas de librostake before meals to line the stomachtómese antes de las comidas para revestir las paredes estomacalesExample sentences
- It strikes the synovium, the thin layer of tissue lining the area of a joint where two bones meet.
- There are so many records and CDs lining the living room walls that it looks as if they are embedded into the foundations.
- The cells line an area of human lungs that helps our bodies absorb oxygen and shed carbon dioxide.
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