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.
Indicated by the broken line in [ILLUSTRATION FOR DIAGRAM 7 OMITTED].
Two other common causes of clogging are algae growth and soil that enters a broken line and isn't flushed out after repairs.
TRA constructed a temporary cofferdam to contain flow escaping from the broken line.
It is just a simple matter of crossing the broken line markings to allow following traffic to pass on the near side while allowing oncoming traffic to clear safely.
In order to find the numerical values of the shifts more precisely, Figure 2 was created (see Page 67): this is the same broken line (the initially data) compared to itself being averaged by the equation of the line of trend (whose data were compared to the initial data).