1) The fibre of flax or the plant itself.
1535 lynne suede and hemp sede, iij bussheles , vjs
lyne and hempe redie to be spone and in yarne, xls, Stillingfleet
1539 lay no hempe nor lyne within the beke, Normanton
1704 having a good quantity of line lying in two barnes adjoining to his house, Moss
1747 forty stones of rated line, forty unrated, Fishlake. The thread was spun on a special line wheel: 1610 one old lyne wheele, Kirkstall
1635 one lyne wheele, one woolle wheele, Emley
1667 three Lyne wheeles, North Bierley
1796 a line wheel and a quilting frame, Cartworth. The finished cloth was also called line: 1327 Ricardus le blak, lyndraper, York
1493 the lyn wevers of this Citie, York
1567 neyn payre of lynne shetes, Fixby
1756 a piece of printed linn, North Bierley.