• From Middle English line, lyne, from Old English līne ("line, cable, rope, hawser, series, row, rule, direction"), from Proto-West Germanic *līnā, from Proto-Germanic *līnǭ ("line, rope, flaxen cord, thread"), from Proto-Germanic *līną ("flax, linen"), from Proto-Indo-European *līno- ("flax").
  • Cognate with Scots line ("line"), North Frisian liin ("line"), West Frisian line ("line"), Dutch lijn ("rope, cord"), German Leine ("line, rope"), Danish line ("rope, cord"), Swedish lina ("line, rope, wire"), Icelandic lína ("line"). Related also to Dutch lijn ("flax"), German Lein ("flax, linen"), Gothic 𐌻𐌴𐌹𐌽 ("linen, cloth"), Latin linea ("linen, thread, string, line"), Latin linum ("flax, thread, linen, cable"), Ancient Greek λίνον ("flax, linen, thread, garment"), Old Church Slavonic линъ ("flax"), Russian лён ("flax"), Lithuanian linai ("flax"), Irish lin, lion.
  • Influenced in Middle English by Middle French ligne ("line"), from Latin linea. More at linen.
  • The oldest sense of the word is "rope, cord, thread"; from this the senses "path", "continuous mark" were derived.
  • Old English līn ("flax, linen, cloth"). For more information, see the entry linen.
  • Borrowed from Middle French ligner.

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