from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun a railway line that branches from the trunk line and then rejoins it at another point.

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  • noun a railway branch line that branches from the trunk line and then rejoins it later on


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  • Bussoleno, 30½ m. from Modane, whence a loop-line of 5 m. extends to

    The South of France—East Half

  • E. by loop-line from the station St. Auban on the main line.

    The South of France—East Half

  • From Bourg a loop-line traverses a picturesque country by Nantua to Geneva, 97 m.

    The South of France—East Half

  • S.W. from Arvant, commences the loop-line of the Chemins de Fer du Midi, which traverses the lofty woodless highlands of Lozère, the coal-region of Aveyron, and the wine and olive department of Herault to Beziers on the Mediterranean line, between Cette and Narbonne.

    The South of France—East Half

  • The little railway by the sea was only a loop-line that connected Skeaton with Lane-on-Sea,

    The Captives

  • For it is along this loop-line of "memories and ideas of the distant" that poetry wins its generalizing or universalizing power.

    A Study of Poetry

  • They discard, as far as possible, the long "loop-line" of previous experience.

    A Study of Poetry

  • Station, or Bournemouth East as it was then called, was built, and the two stations connected by a loop-line.

    Bournemouth, Poole & Christchurch

  • The hemisphere, _H_, adds the long circuit or loop-line through which the current may pass when for any reason the direct line is not used.

    A Study of Poetry

  • It is possible, certainly, as the experiments of contemporary "imagists" prove, to write poetry of a certain type without employing the "loop-line."

    A Study of Poetry


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