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

  • n. A direct line between two telephone switchboards.
  • n. The main line of a communications or transportation system.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. the main line of a railway, canal, or route of conveyance.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In electricity, lines or wires which connect two telephone-exchanges, as distinguished from the wires which connect an exchange with its subscribers.
  • n. The main line, as of a railway or canal, from which branch-lines diverge.

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

  • n. a telephone line connecting two exchanges directly
  • n. line that is the main route on a railway

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