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Main Line

 (mān′)
A group of suburbs of southeast Pennsylvania. The fashionable area was named after the chief railroad line traveling west from Philadelphia.

main line

n.
1. A principal section of a railroad line.
2. Slang A principal and easily accessible vein, usually in the arm or leg, into which a drug can be injected.

main line

n
1. (Railways) railways
a. the trunk route between two points, usually fed by branch lines
b. (as modifier): a main-line station.
2. (Automotive Engineering) US a main road
vb
(Recreational Drugs) (intr) slang to inject a drug into a vein
adj
having an important position, esp having responsibility for the main areas of activity
ˈmainˌliner n

main′ line′


n.
1. a principal highway or railway line.
2. Slang. an accessible vein that can be used to inject a narcotic.
[1835–45]

main•line

(ˈmeɪnˌlaɪn, -ˈlaɪn)

v. -lined, -lin•ing,
adj. v.i.
1. Slang. to inject a narcotic directly into a vein.
v.t.
2. Slang. to inject (a narcotic) directly into a vein.
adj.
3. having a principal, established, or widely accepted position.
[1935–40, Amer.]
main′lin`er, n.

Main Line

- The principal line of a railway (1841), it also has the meaning "affluent area of residence" (1930s), originally that of Philadelphia, from the "main line" of the Pennsylvania Railroad, which added local stops to a string of backwater towns west of the city in late 19th century that helped turn them into fashionable suburbs.
See also related terms for railway.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.main line - the principal route of a transportation systemmain line - the principal route of a transportation system
itinerary, route, path - an established line of travel or access
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As, in the serious style, Homer is pre-eminent among poets, for he alone combined dramatic form with excellence of imitation, so he too first laid down the main lines of Comedy, by dramatising the ludicrous instead of writing personal satire.
Formerly one was obliged to travel in India by the old cumbrous methods of going on foot or on horseback, in palanquins or unwieldly coaches; now fast steamboats ply on the Indus and the Ganges, and a great railway, with branch lines joining the main line at many points on its route, traverses the peninsula from Bombay to Calcutta in three days.
It was in the midst of the great bulk of the Negro population, and was rather secluded, being five miles from the main line of railroad, with which it was connected by a short line.
The other main line, namely, that of the Portillo, is of a totally different formation: it consists chiefly of grand bare pinnacles of a red potash-granite, which low down on the western flank are covered by a sandstone, converted by the former heat into a quartz-rock.
Thomas's Hospital, and through the immense tunnel that passes under the South-Western main line at Vauxhall.
Some remote fragment of Main Line to somewhere else, there was, which was going to ruin the Money Market if it failed, and Church and State if it succeeded, and (of course), the Constitution, whether or no; but even that had already so unsettled Cloisterham traffic, that the traffic, deserting the high road, came sneaking in from an unprecedented part of the country by a back stable-way, for many years labelled at the corner: 'Beware of the Dog.
A little to the south, through an opening in the woods, we could see a section of the main line from London to Brighton.
The designs are capable of splitting and replacing plastic gas service and main lines from 1/2-inch to 4 inches in diameter.
I&I originates from sources other than main lines.
The released capacity on the East Coast main line, the west coast main line and the Midlands main lines will mean new services for many cities in the north.
RAIL bosses are to look at the possibility of building five new high-speed main lines - the largest track build since the 19th century.
The DWP maintains more than 280 miles of trunk lines and 7,200 main lines carrying water to 670,000 homes, apartments and businesses in Los Angeles.