WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
-lin-, root. 
  • -lin- comes from Latin, where it has the meaning "string;
    line.'' This meaning is found in such words as: crinoline, delineate, line, lineage, lineal, lineament, linear, linen, lingerie. The meaning is also found in many compound words with line as the last part, such as baseline, guideline, hairline, pipeline, sideline, underline. See -lim-.

  • lin.,  an abbreviation of:
    1. linear.

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