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    to come on line

    "To the West, in Langzhuo steelworks, No. 5 furnace comes on line."

    I don't understand this sentence. Can somebody help me? Thank you!

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    Smile Re: to come on line

    Quote Originally Posted by lukre View Post
    "To the West, in Langzhuo steelworks, No. 5 furnace comes on line."

    I don't understand this sentence. Can somebody help me? Thank you!
    Starts to operate. Begins to function. Is put into use.

    To "come on line" means that something which was not working, for whatever reason (deliberate, or because of maintenence), is now working.

    It usually also means that the item is one of a series -- thus the "on line" part.

    A steel factory might have ten furnaces, of which six are working. They are probably also lined up along a specific wall (or wherever). If another is fired-up, a seventh furnace "comes [or goes] on line."

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