Definition of "lineman" []

  • A person employed to install or repair telephone, telegraph, or electric power lines. Also called linesman. (noun)
  • A man employed to inspect and repair railroad tracks. (noun)
  • Football A player positioned on the forward line. (noun)
  • A person who does the chaining, taping, or marking of points for a surveyor (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • (formerly) the member of a beach life-saving team who controlled the line used to help drowning swimmers and surfers (noun)
  • A member of the row of players who start each down positioned on either side of the line of scrimmage (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "lineman" in a sentence
  • "But what you don't want to see, as far as a lineman, is a big, stiff guy that can't move."
  • "-- OT Charles Brown -- The all-conference lineman is more quick and athletic than a brawler, and he certainly faced many speedy edge rushers in the Pac-10."
  • "Today, a 270-pound lineman is undersized and a 215-pound defender is too slight for safety."