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Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

also land-line, by 1861, originally a telegraph wire run over land (as opposed to under sea); from land (n.) + line (n.). In modern use (by 1965), a telephone line which uses wire or some other material (distinguished from a radio or cellular line).


alt. 1 A fixed telephone communications cable. 2 (context by extension English) A telephone connected by such a fixed wire, specifically not wireless/mobile. n. 1 A fixed telephone communications cable. 2 (context by extension English) A telephone connected by such a fixed wire, specifically not wireless/mobile.


n. a telephone line that travels over terrestrial circuits; "a land line can be wire or fiber optics or microwave" [syn: land line]


A landline telephone (also known as land line, land-line, main line, home phone, landline, fixed-line, and wireline) refers to a phone that uses a metal wire or fibre optic telephone line for transmission as distinguished from a mobile cellular line, which uses radio waves for transmission. In 2003, the CIA reported approximately 1.263 billion main telephone lines worldwide. China had more than any other country at 350 million and the United States was second with 268 million. The United Kingdom has 23.7 million residential fixed homephones. The 2013 statistics show that the total number of fixed-telephone subscribers in the world was about 1.16 billion. The number of landline subscribers continuously decreases due to upgrades in digital technology and the conveniences that come with switching to wireless (cellular) or Internet-based alternatives.

Landline (TV series)

Landline is an Australian national rural issues television program broadcast on ABC. Presented by Pip Courtney, the program discusses rural issues regarding farming, mining and fisheries from around Australia. Each week the show wraps up with an update on commodity prices for livestock and mining, and detailed national weather rainfall reports.

The program premiered on Sunday 2 February 1992 at and has remained in that timeslot throughout its entire run. The program is also repeated the following Monday at . Landline was the first program that broadcast on ABC2 when the channel was launched at on 7 March 2005. On the newly launched channel, the program is broadcast on Mondays at , , and . Previous presenters include Deborah Knight, Ticky Fullerton, Anne Kruger, and Sally Sara.

Landline (novel)

Landline is a 2014 American sci-fi novel by Rainbow Rowell. It tells the story of 39 year old Georgie McCool who discovers that she is able to call her husband's 22 year old self through his landline. Rowell stated that aspects from the novel are loosely based on her own life such as the fact that Georgie is incredibly career-driven while her husband is a stay-at-home dad. The character of Georgie McCool was named after the song Georgy Girl and the village of McCool Junction.

Landline (film)

Landline is an upcoming American comedy film directed by Gillian Robespierre and written by Robespierre and Elisabeth Holm. The film stars Jenny Slate, Edie Falco, Abby Quinn, John Turturro, Jay Duplass, and Finn Wittrock.

Usage examples of "landline".

But that same month, the earphones of most of the intercept operators went silent as the North Koreans switched much of their radio communications to the security of landlines.

Probably means all long distance landlines are out and our comsats are destroyed.

In case we decided to go ahead with the landline, we practiced running the D10 out and how we were actually going to speak.

Since Iraq's microwave transmitters are already bombed to buggery and its radio signals are being intercepted by Allied intelligence, the landlines are Saddam's last link.

For the first twenty minutes after lift-off Lacey and Pritchard, helmeted and linked not just to the pilot but to ground control through which they could be patched by landline to wherever they wanted, were in constant radio conversation with Chief Constables throughout the Midland constabularies.

I'd found the circuitry powering Corpus Christi's landline telephones.

With his eyephones on and Slitscan's dedicated landline feeding him the bleak reaches of DatAmerica, he felt increasingly at home.

With his eyephones on and Slitscan’s dedicated landline feeding him the bleak reaches of DatAmerica, he felt increasingly at home.

Hopefully if the landlines were destroyed there would not be any launches anyway.

But then she realized the pilot wasn’t calling her on the normal hardwired landlines used for communications throughout the city.

You’re lucky I came back in to make another public announcement over the landlines, or no one would have been here to hear you calling.

And in the twenty-first century, carnies—like rock-concert roadies, touring stage productions, and movie crews on location—depended on cell phones, especially in isolated places where landlines were in short supply.

If anyone in this room had managed to get out the location of this place and precise details of the defense set-up including the actual position of the landlines, they would also have reported on how many of us were staying here.

And the method of computer access - through landlines - suggested how easy it would be to recover the information he'd stored, from any terminal in any Soviet embassy or consulate or mission, in any emergency.

The task was to confirm the position of the Main Supply Route and to locate the landline.