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

  • n. The line of positions from which fire is directed at a target.
  • n. The forefront of an activity or pursuit; the vanguard.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The line from which soldiers fire their weapons at a target; especially the front line of troops in a battle
  • n. A row of shooters
  • n. The vanguard of an activity

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

  • n. the most advanced and responsible group in an activity
  • n. the line from which soldiers deliver fire


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  • That President Roosevelt has smelt the smoke from the firing line of the class struggle is evidenced by his words, "Above all we need to remember that any kind of CLASS ANIMOSITY IN THE POLITICAL WORLD is, if possible, even more destructive to national welfare than sectional, race, or religious animosity."


  • Essex-class carriers depleted their magazines in about three days, requiring withdrawal from the firing line to replenish from supply ships.

    On Yankee Station


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