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Line

1. In technical analysis, a situation in which the supply and demand for a security are largely the same. A line means that the security is unlikely to see any rapid fluctuation in price. It is called a line because, when plotted on a graph, it looks like a roughly horizontal line. Technical analysts look for signals that a line is ready to break one way or another before recommending that investors take a position on a security.

2. Informal; workers in a large, industrial company. They are called the line because, historically, they assembled the parts of a product while literally standing next to each other in a long line, also called an assembly line.

line

In technical analysis, a horizontal pattern on a price chart indicating a period during which supply and demand for a security are relatively equal. Technical analysts generally look for the price to break away from the line, at which time they are likely to take a position in the direction of the movement. See also making a line.
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36} The lines which I have enclosed in brackets are evidently an afterthought--added probably by the writer herself--for they evince the same instinctively greater interest in anything that may concern a woman, which is so noticeable throughout the poem.
I thought so, too, and said we didn't want the line anyway.
Two or three aides detach themselves from the group and canter away into the woods, along the lines in each direction.
tell me exactly; and if you would rather not reckon, try and show me the line.
Once he saw a tiny battery go dashing along the line of the horizon.
He's fast still," he whispered to Dan, who slipped out his knife and cut the line, as Harvey flung the belt far overside.
Slowly the two lines of Helium's battleships joined their ends, and then commenced the circling within the line of the enemy which is so marked a characteristic of Barsoomian naval warfare.
They drew a line to mark the division, and neither, lapping up what scant moisture fell during the night-hours, ever dreamed of trespassing across the line.
It was a quiet enough spot--the fork of an old wood-road, on the two branches of which, prolonging themselves deviously forward in the dim moonlight, the sergeants were themselves stationed, a few paces in rear of the line.
All down the line from there the aspect of the country was gaunt and unfamiliar; Wimbledon particularly had suf- fered.
The regimental commander, going up to the line himself, ordered the soldiers to change into their greatcoats.
If my orders down the line are properly attended to, you should be there by twenty minutes to twelve.