Broken line

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(Geom.) the straight lines which join a number of given points taken in some specified order.

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He called for a sally, and rushed out, revolver in hand, upon the broken line.
It gave the low circle of hills round Gloucester Harbour, Ten Pound Island, the fish-sheds, with the broken line of house-roofs, and each spar and buoy on the water, in blinding photographs that came and went a dozen times to the minute as the "We're Here" crawled in on half-flood, and the whistling-buoy moaned and mourned behind her.
On the side of the Green that led towards the church, the broken line of thatched cottages was continued nearly to the churchyard gate; but on the opposite northwestern side, there was nothing to obstruct the view of gently swelling meadow, and wooded valley, and dark masses of distant hill.
The countenance of the latter immediately impressed a beholder disagreeably, but it required some examination to discover that the cause was a very slight distortion of the mouth, and the irregular, broken line, and near approach of the eyebrows.
Clumps of fruit-trees marked the villages; slim palms put their nodding heads together above the low houses; dried palm-leaf roofs shone afar, like roofs of gold, behind the dark colonnades of tree-trunks; figures passed vivid and vanishing; the smoke of fires stood upright above the masses of flowering bushes; bamboo fences glittered, running away in broken lines between the fields.
In our diagram, this is indicated by the broken lines, beneath the capital letters, converging in sub-branches downwards towards a single point; this point representing a single species, the supposed single parent of our several new sub-genera and genera.
Why," replied Dantes, "I see nothing but broken lines and unconnected words, which are rendered illegible by fire.
For each ingredient, a single-slope broken line model (proc nlin) was first fitted to determine the coefficients to be used in the nonlinear mixed approach (proc nlmixed) using pig as a random variable [18].
We can't always prevent a snagged lure or a broken line, but we can clean up after ourselves when we enjoy the outdoors and reduce the likelihood that discarded fishing line or other plastics will unintentionally harm wildlife.
The area shopkeepers told reporter that it was regrettable that the Chaklala Cantonment Authorities had failed to repair the broken line which occasionally kept over-flowing.
They come with the Hydro-Tek Nock System for a precision launch of each shot, a Big Head Pro Point to hold the biggest, hardiest-fighting fish and an AMS Safety Slide to keep shooters safe from arrow bounce-back or broken line.
This quietly told fable is pictured in suitably fluid, semi-transparent water colour, fine broken line drawing, and sprayed inks.