cline [ klahyn ] SHOW IPA / klaɪn / PHONETIC RESPELLING noun Biology. the gradual change in certain characteristics exhibited by members of a series of adjacent populations of organisms of the same species. Linguistics. (in systemic linguistics) a scale of continuous gradation; continuum.
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Origin of cline
lean 1 OTHER WORDS FROM cline clinal, adjective clin·al·ly, adverb Other definitions for cline (2 of 2) Cline [ klahyn ] SHOW IPA / klaɪn / PHONETIC RESPELLING noun Patsy , 1932–63, Virginia Patterson Hensley U.S. country singer.
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How to use cline in a sentence
Cline officials courted state legislators and hired lobbyists.
In an interview, Buchen said several groups, including
Cline and the WMC, gave input on the bill.
Cline singing the devastating “I Fall to Pieces” before dying in a plane crash at the age of 30.
Three of the targets, Lefkofsky, Pegula, and
Cline, were on the the Forbes 400, a list of the richest people in America.
Weinstein, who de
clined to comment on the case, was the first to receive a letter, followed by Cline on June 14.
Thanks to Mademoiselle
Cline's drilling, I was pretty ready at "dicte," and after the first surprise, got along very well.
Both his company and
Cline's bivouacked in the town that night. Cline had softly shut the door behind the guest, but involuntarily he backed against it. Cline moaned aloud, with a bleating noise, and gabbled argot as she tidied the belongings which Mademoiselle had flung everywhere.
"Take these things into the dressing-room,
Cline," ordered Marise, tossing her gold bag and furs to the maid. British Dictionary definitions for cline (1 of 3) noun a continuous variation in form between members of a species having a wide variable geographical or ecological range Derived forms of cline clinal, adjective clinally, adverb Word Origin for cline
C20: from Greek
klinein to lean British Dictionary definitions for cline (2 of 3) noun Patsy, original name Virginia Patterson Hensley . 1932–63, US country singer; her bestselling records include "Walking After Midnight", "I Fall to Pieces", and "Leavin' On Your Mind" British Dictionary definitions for cline (3 of 3) n combining form indicating a slope anticline Derived forms of -cline -clinal, adj combining form Word Origin for -cline
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Scientific definitions for cline A gradual change in an inherited characteristic across the geographic range of a species, usually correlated with an environmental transition such as altitude, temperature, or moisture. For example, the body size in a species of warm-blooded animals tends to be larger in cooler climates (a latitudinal cline), while the flowering time of a plant may tend to be later at higher altitudes (an altitudinal cline). In species in which the gene flow between adjacent populations is high, the cline is typically smooth, whereas in populations with restricted gene flow the cline usually occurs as a series of relatively abrupt changes from one group to the next.
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