from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A line of people that is formed for inspection or identification.
  • n. Sports The members of a team chosen to start a game.
  • n. Sports A list of such players.
  • n. A group of people, organizations, or things enlisted or arrayed for a purpose: a candidate with an impressive lineup of endorsements.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a physical or photographic queue of people allegedly involved in a crime
  • n. 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.
  • n. Collectively, the members of a team.
  • n. The batting order.


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  • If you can ignore the prominent Experience Music Project posters and Caffe Vita swag, the lineup is actually pretty impressive, including Long Winters-esque The Lonely Forest (technically from Anacortes, but close enough); Grand Hallway (an orchestral rock octet that played on a stage barely big enough to contain them); and Rocky Votolato, a Dallas native whose moving acoustic set touched on the themes of mental illness, depression, and despair.

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  • Cantu and Wigginton can help drive in runs and Iwamura showed decent power in Japan, but the key to the lineup is at the top of the order with Baldelli, Young and Crawford.

    Fantasy Insider: American League projected lineups

  • Included in the lineup is a funeral director from Pennsylvania.

    Archive 2007-08-19

  • Everyone else in the lineup is at least conceivably dispensable; Parker, for example, may run the offense, but he takes the occasional quarter or half or game off and they still win.

    Matthew Yglesias » Dynasty Time

  • We use what we call "lineup," which is a Ritz-Carlton tradition.

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  • ` ` Just having him in the lineup is a lift for our team, '' said Jeff Halpern, who had two assists. - Hockey - Dallas vs. San Jose

  • First in the lineup is an week-old story from the 7 February edition of The Oregonian that I originally came across at A Change in the Wind.

    Archive 2006-02-01

  • Detroit's move of Bobby Higginson back to the third spot in the lineup is a prime example of why we shouldn't obsess over Opening Day lineups. ... - Tip sheet

  • World Series champions have some high-priced, dominant players, but their lineup is the sum of its parts. - National League West

  • The A's aren't easy to pitch against, because everyone in the lineup is a great first-ball fastball hitter, Clemens says. - Rocket fueled up for playoffs


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  • It can be also used in music: A lineup is the list of songs a band will play in a concert, or the list of bands that will play in a concert / festival.

    August 14, 2013