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English translation: varies, 12th of a "Zoll", fine mechanics unit

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19:54 Dec 16, 2005
German to English translations [PRO]
Science - Agriculture / horticulture (19th c German)
German term or phrase: Linien
Linien [literally lines] as a unit of length: Die Areolen sind 6-8 Linien von einander entfernt. [The areoles are 6-8 lines apart.] So how wide was a "line" in Germany 150 years ago? From the context, it must be something less than a centimeter but probably not less than a millimeter.
agbork
United States
Local time: 04:16
English translation:varies, 12th of a "Zoll", fine mechanics unit
Explanation:
See the Wikipedia ref.

http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linie_(Einheit)
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Gillian Scheibelein
Germany
Local time: 11:16
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Thanks, answer very helpful to friend who asked me to post request.
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4 +1varies, 12th of a "Zoll", fine mechanics unit
Gillian Scheibelein


  

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Linien [19th century German]
varies, 12th of a "Zoll", fine mechanics unit


Explanation:
See the Wikipedia ref.

http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linie_(Einheit)

Gillian Scheibelein
Germany
Local time: 11:16
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Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in category: 12
Grading comment
Thanks, answer very helpful to friend who asked me to post request.

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Richard Benham: Appears with this sense in Wahrig, albeit with an obelisk (indicating a defunct usage), in the sense of a small unit of length, "1/10 bzw. 1/12 Zoll".
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Changes made by editors
Dec 17, 2005 - Changes made by Marcus Malabad:
Term askedLinien [19th century German] » Linien
Field (write-in)horticulture » horticulture (19th c German)


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