Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A statement or other indication of policy or procedure by which to determine a course of action: guidelines for the completion of tax returns.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A non-specific rule or principle that provides direction to action or behaviour.
  • n. A plan or explanation to guide one in setting standards or determining a course of action.
  • n. A light line, used in lettering, to help align the text.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a formal rule describing how a situation must be handled; -- used as a direction to administrators from superiors.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a light line that is used in lettering to help align the letters
  • n. a detailed plan or explanation to guide you in setting standards or determining a course of action
  • n. a rule or principle that provides guidance to appropriate behavior

Etymologies

From guide + line (Wiktionary)

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