- 1 countable/numerable 1.1 (mark, trace) línea (feminine), raya (feminine); [Mathematics/Matemáticas] recta (feminine) can you walk a straight line? ¿puedes caminar en línea recta? to draw a line trazar* una línea to put o draw a line through sth tachar algo to sign on the dotted line firmar en la línea punteada or de puntos to be on the line [colloquial/familiar] estar* en peligro, peligrar to lay it on the line [colloquial/familiar] no andarse* con rodeos I'm going to lay it on the line with you … no me voy a andar con rodeos …, te lo voy a decir claramente … to lay o put sth on the line [colloquial/familiar] jugarse* algo I laid my life on the line for you! ¡me jugué la vida por ti!Example sentences1.2 (on face, palm) línea (feminine); (wrinkle) arruga (feminine)
Example sentences1.3 (of cocaine) raya (feminine), línea (feminine)
- 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/numerable (boundary, border) línea (feminine) the county/state line (American English/inglés norteamericano) (la línea de) la frontera del condado/estado to cross o pass the Line cruzar* el Ecuador or la línea ecuatorial the dividing line la línea divisoria there's a fine line between bluntness and rudeness de la franqueza a la mala educación hay solo un paso to draw the line (at sth) I don't mind untidiness, but I draw the line at this no me importa el desorden, pero esto es intolerable or esto ya es demasiado one has to draw the line somewhere en algún momento hay que decir basta to tread o walk a thin o fine line andar* or caminar en la cuerda floja 2.2 countable/numerable [Sport/Deporte] línea (feminine) twenty-two meter line (in rugby) línea (feminine) de los veintidós metros (before noun/delante del nombre) line judge/fault juez (masculine and feminine)/falta (feminine) de línea he disputed the line call protestó contra la decisión del juez de línea 2.3 c and u (contour) línea (feminine) the clean lines of the new design la pureza de líneas del nuevo diseñoExample sentences
- 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.
- 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.
- 3 3.1 c and u (cable, rope) cuerda (feminine)(clothes o, washing line)cuerda (de tender la ropa)(fishing line)sedal (masculine) 3.2 countable/numerable [Telecom] línea (feminine) the lines are down no hay línea there's a call for you on line one tiene una llamada en la línea uno it's your father on the line su padre al teléfono, lo llama su padre there's some interference on the line hay interferencia en la línea hold the line, please no cuelgue or (in Southern Cone also/en Cono Sur también) no corte, por favor it's a very bad line se oye muy mal we have a direct line to the police station tenemos línea directa con la comisaríaExample sentences
- 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.
- 4 countable/numerable [Transport/Transporte] 4.1 (company, service) línea (feminine) shipping line línea de transportes marítimos, (compañía (feminine)) naviera (feminine) 4.2 [Railways/Ferrocarriles] línea (feminine); (track) (British English/inglés británico) 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.
- 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.
- 5 u and c 5.1 (path, direction) línea (feminine) line of fire línea de fuego line of retreat línea de retirada supply lines líneas de suministro it was right in my line of vision me obstruía la visual resistance 5.2 (attitude, policy) postura (feminine), línea (feminine) to take a firm/hard line (with sb/on sth) adoptar una postura or línea firme/dura (con algn/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 line la línea del partido to toe o (in American English also/en inglés norteamericano también) hew the line acatar la disciplinaExample sentences5.3 (method, style) line of inquiry línea (feminine) de investigación line of argument argumento (masculine) 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 lines pensamos de la misma manera on American lines a 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.
- 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.
- 6 countable/numerable 6.1 (row) fila (feminine), hilera (feminine); (queue) (American English/inglés norteamericano) cola (feminine) a line of cars una fila or hilera de coches police stood in a line blocking the street un cordón de policías bloqueó la calle they formed a o fell into line behind their teacher se pusieron en fila detrás del profesor the soldiers fell into line los soldados se alinearon to wait in line (American English/inglés norteamericano) hacer* cola to get in line (American English/inglés norteamericano) ponerse* en la cola to cut in line (American English/inglés norteamericano) colarse* [colloquial/familiar], brincarse* or saltarse la cola (Mexico/México) [colloquial/familiar] all/somewhere along the line she's had bad luck all along the line ha tenido mala suerte desde el principio we must have made a mistake somewhere along the line debemos de haber cometido un error en algún momento down the line these changes will affect everyone (right) down the line estos cambios afectarán a todos, del primero al último in line with sth wages haven't risen in line with inflation los sueldos no han aumentado a la par de la inflación the new measures are in line with government policy las nuevas medidas siguen la línea de la política del gobierno in line with other manufacturers, we have … como otros fabricantes or al igual que otros fabricantes, hemos … out of line that remark was out of line ese comentario estuvo fuera de lugar their ideas were out of line with mine sus ideas no coincidían con las mías to step out of line mostrar* disconformidad, desobedecer* to bring sb/sth into line he needs to be brought into line hay que llamarlo al orden or [colloquial/familiar] meterlo en vereda the province was brought into line with the rest of the country la situación de la provincia se equiparó a la del resto del país to fall in/into line they had to fall in line with company policy tuvieron que aceptar or acatar la política de la compañía that's their policy and they expect us to fall into line esa es su política y esperan que la acatemos or que actuemos conforme a ella to keep sb in line tener* a algn a raya see also online2 6.2 (succession) the title passes through the female line el título se transmite por línea materna his line goes back to … su linaje se remonta hasta … he's the latest in a long line of radical leaders es el último de una larga serie de dirigentes radicales he's next in line to the throne es el siguiente en la línea de sucesión al trono he's in line for the post es candidato al puesto a long line of disasters una larga serie de desastresExample sentences
- 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.
- 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.
- 7(production line)cadena (feminine) or línea (feminine) de producción; (before noun/delante del nombre) [production] en cadena or línea
- 8 countable/numerable [Military/Militar] línea (feminine) behind enemy lines tras las líneas enemigas to hold the line defender* las líneas de combate or el frente he is trying to hold the line against further cuts está tratando de impedir que sigan haciendo recortes the battle lines have been drawn estamos ( 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/numerable (of text) línea (feminine), renglón (masculine); (of poem) verso (masculine) the best line in the movie la mejor frase de la película new line (when dictating) punto y aparte to give sb a line on sth [colloquial/familiar] darle* una pista de algo a algn to read between the lines leer* entre líneas to shoot a line (British English/inglés británico) [slang/argot] presumir, darse* bombo, hociconear (Mexico/México) [colloquial/familiar], mandarse la(s) parte(s) (Southern Cone/Cono Sur) [colloquial/familiar] to spin o feed o give sb a line soltarle* or contarle* una bola or un rollo a algn [colloquial/familiar] don't give me that line! ¡no me vengas con historias or cuentos! [colloquial/familiar] 9.2(lines plural)[Theater/Teatro] to learn one's lines aprenderse el papel he forgot his lines se olvidó de lo que le tocaba decirExample sentences9.3
(lines plural)(British English/inglés británico) [Sch][ castigo en que el alumno debe escribir cierta frase repetidas veces ]Example sentences9.4 (note) líneas (feminine plural) drop her a line escríbele unas líneas, mándale una nota just a line to let you know that … unas líneas para decirte que …
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 10 countable/numerable 10.1 (area of activity) what line are you in? ¿a qué te dedicas? in my line of business en mi trabajo or profesión opera isn't really my line la ópera no es lo mío 10.2 (of merchandise) línea (feminine) he has a nice line in mother-in-law jokes tiene 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.
transitive verb/verbo transitivo
- 1 (mark with lines) [paper] rayar old age had lined her face la edad le había surcado el rostro de arrugas [literary/literario]
line up verb + adverb/verbo + adverbio (form line, row) ponerse* en fila, formar fila; (queue up) (American English/inglés norteamericano) hacer* cola they lined up behind the teacher se pusieron en or formaron fila detrás del maestro the party lined up behind the leader el partido cerró filas en torno a su líder 1.1verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object/verbo + complemento + adverbio, verbo + adverbio + complemento 2.1 (form into line) [soldiers/prisoners] poner* en fila 2.2 (arrange) we've a busy program lined up for you le tenemos preparada una apretada agenda we do not have anyone lined up for the job yet aún no tenemos a nadie en vista para el trabajo have you got anything lined up for the weekend? ¿tienes algo planeado para el fin de semana? 2.3 (align) alinear
line up withverb + adverb + preposition + object/verbo + adverbio + preposición + complemento alinearse con
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- 1 [skirt/box] forrar line the dish with pastry forre el molde con masa
- 2 (form lining along) cubrir* books lined the walls, the walls were lined with books las paredes estaban cubiertas de libros take before meals to line the stomach tómese antes de las comidas para revestir las paredes estomacales
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