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The Collaborative International Dictionary

Line-up \Line"-up`\, Lineup \Line"up`\ (l[imac]n"[u^]p), n.

  1. The members of a team who are scheduled to play a game.

  2. Specifically: The formation of football players before the start or a restart of play.

  3. Specifically: (baseball) a list of batters in the order in which they will bat. [WordNet sense 1]

    Syn: batting order, card, lineup.

  4. Hence: any arrangement of persons (rarely, of things), esp. when having a common purpose or sentiment; as, the line-up at a ticket-office window; the line-up of political factions. [Colloq.]

  5. A group of persons including a suspect in a police investigation, arranged so as to be observed by a witness, who is requested to identify the perpetrator, if he/she is present in the group. Such an identification may be used as evidence of guilt of the suspect. Also called a police lineup. [WordNet sense 2]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

also line-up, from line (v.2) + up. The baseball version (1889) is older than the police version (1907).


n. 1 (context legal English) a physical or photographic queue of people allegedly involved in a crime 2 (context Canada English) A line of people or vehicles, in which the individual at the front end is dealt with first, the one behind is dealt with next, and so on, and in which newcomers join at the end. 3 (context sports English) Collectively, the members of a team. 4 (context baseball English) The batting order. 5 (context music English) The acts performing at a concert or music festival.

  1. n. (baseball) a list of batters in the order in which they will bat; "the managers presented their cards to the umpire at home plate" [syn: batting order, card]

  2. a line of persons arranged by police for inspection or identification


Lineup, line up or line-up may refer to:

  • a queue area of waiting people
  • a police lineup, or identity parade, of suspects
  • the roster of a sports team at a given time
    • batting order (baseball) in baseball
    • the starting position in polocrosse
  • the members of a music band at a given time
  • the acts performing at a concert or music festival
  • when a barber trims the edges of your hairline all the way around.

The Lineup, Line Up, or Line-Up may refer to:

  • The Lineup (TV program), a legal and current affairs show on Fox News Channel
  • Line Up (TV series), a South Korean TV show on SBS Channel
  • "Line Up" (song), a 1994 single by British alternative Rock group Elastica
  • Line-Up (Graham Bonnet album), 1981
  • Line-up (Battlefield Band album), 2011
  • Line Up, the now-defunct journal of the Institute of Broadcast Sound
  • The Lineup, a 1950s American television series

Usage examples of "lineup".

Channel 11 had dumped their usual Saturday-morning lineup of fishing shows and light local interest in favor of covering the escape of Karl Dahl and the beating of Judge Moore.

Ben Bova, and introduced in early 2000, was perhaps the most glossy and ambitious such site to date, featuring a distinguished lineup of columnists such as Harlan Ellison, Mike Resnick, Joe Haldeman, Jack Dann, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, and many others, running scientific articles and book and movie reviews as well as original short SF stories, and promising eventually to provide everything from downloadable novels to online movies to animation to Web TV.

Jeff Cirillo hits a single and, with only the tiniest prompting, starts to bitch and moan about hitting ninth in the Seattle lineup.

The lineup of German tanks must be going crazy waiting for this column of mad careening Red tanks to come to a stop.

Officers showed people photo lineups in their search for suspects but failed to record whose photographs were shown and which, if any, had been recognized.

He will sit on a beach for hours, studying wave conditions, looking for sets that will push him to and maybe past his personal threshold, oblivious even to the passing contents of bun-floss bikinis, so focused and patient that he makes one of those Easter Island stone heads seem positively jittery, but when he sees what he needs and paddles his board out to the lineup, he doesn't wallow there like a buoy, he becomes a true raging slash master, ripping the waves, domesticating even the hugest thunder crushers, going for it so totally that if any shark mistook him for chum, he'd flip it upside down and ride it like a longboard.

This pause gave her time enough to chase down the memory of the face in the lineup.

One night a year ago, Cinco de Mayo, there was a mariachi Mexican Spanish Pachuco conga lineup through the halls and down through the tenement, gassed on wine and enchiladas.

Anything as hard to grasp as the fact that those two over-the-hill players, permanently on the disabled list, were once in the starting lineup?

If your choice is to be snuffed or be a buoy, then You're not hairing out if You sit in the lineup and soak through the whole set.

It was a nice afternoon, too nice to spoil with the car radio's hit parade lineup of adenoidal retards.

Instantly Jake made the transition from instrument flight to visual flight, scanning the angle-of-attack, the ball, and the lineup while Razor made the ball report.

She could inch ahead on the Montauk Highway, and then break free of the traffic and race parallel to the highway on the connecting back roads, always finding a way to break back into the lineup of cars again.

He didn't even get into the lineup until after the Sox broke camp, and then he went in only as a pinch hitter against minor-league opposition.

Smells of blood and aftershave and cigarette smoke pressed around him, strengthed by confinement in the lineup box.