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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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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He called for a sally, and rushed out, revolver in hand, upon the broken line. Half the blacks ran away like rabbits; the remainder, greatly outnumbering Trent and his party, stood firm.
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."
Water from the broken line on the third floor reached a ComEd transformer on the second floor and caused the outage, ComEd spokeswoman Jazmin Rangel said.
The Australian was broken the next game, succumbing with a double-fault, and the Spaniard went through the broken line of defence.
Saeed Ghani said he has reached this complaint center when people complained that contaminated water was being supplied through water pipe lines, Ghani said today he has brought the KWSBp staff along with him and ordered that this broken line be repaired within 24 hours.
Ghani said that today he has brought the KW and SB staff along with him and ordered that this broken line be repaired within 24 hours.
The parts not obscured by debris and still in place were measured directly, and he shows them in solid line; he uses broken line to depict hidden and fallen parts, noting that confidence in the broken-line depictions varies considerably.