American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Football An official who marks the downs and the position of the ball and watches for certain violations from the sidelines.
- n. Sports An official in various court games whose chief duty is to call shots that fall out of bounds.
- n. Sports An official in soccer and other field games who indicates when the ball has gone out of bounds.
- n. Sports Either of two officials in ice hockey who call icing and offsides, conduct face-offs, and call penalities.
- n. See lineman.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Milit., a private in the line; an infantryman.
- n. In Amer. foot-ball, one of the forwards; also, the man who has charge of the measurements of the distance gained and assists the umpire in various ways.
- n. A workman engaged in the erection or maintenance of the line-wires of a telegraphic or telephonic system, or of electric circuits of any sort.
- n. soccer, dated An assistant referee.
- n. tennis An official who calls shots that pitch out of bounds, and judges foot faults.
- n. ice hockey An official whose primary task is to watch the blue line and determine when there has been an offside.
- n. American football An official whose primary task is to determine whether there has been a line of scrimmage violation.
- n. A person employed to work on electrical lines; a lineman.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. the official (in tennis or soccer) who watches the lines.
- n. a person who installs or repairs electrical or telephone lines.
- n. official (in tennis, soccer, football, etc.) who assists the referee in some way (especially by watching for out of bounds or offside)
- n. a person who installs or repairs electrical or telephone lines
- lines + man (Wiktionary)
“Finally, if defending players are slow getting to an on-side position for the ensuing faceoff, the linesman is unable to drop the puck (they have five seconds to do so once they blow their whistle, provided everyone is set and ready to go).”
“She called a linesman everything except a "hermaphrodite" in a U.S.”
“I was a similar distance to the ref, and the linesman was a bit away as well.”
“Another point ,I didnt notice the linesman was a woman,most of the men look like her anyway,with their headbands and snoods”
“Allison was dismissed by Middlesbrough's Century Radio in 1994 after calling a linesman a”
“No, in fact, it came at the end of a lengthy consultation between the zebras and it seemed a linesman was the swing vote on the penalty.”
“The assistant referee (used to be called a linesman when I played) was directly in line with play for the initial offside non-call.”
“Du Plessis could face suspension for his sinister act, especially given referee Paul Marks didn't witness the trip and was guided by a linesman, meaning the Sharks may not be able to argue the matter was sufficiently dealt with at the time.”
“True the bench can no longer bark "step up, step up" to defenders on the safe assumption that opponents straying into offside positions will immediately be flagged by a linesman.”
“Most people have forgotten that Koharski worked 163 NHL games as a linesman before becoming a referee and that he launched his officiating career in the now-defunct World Hockey Association at age 18.”
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