- Often lineaments. a feature or detail of a face, body, or figure, considered with respect to its outline or contour: His fine lineaments made him the very image of his father.
- Usually lineaments. distinguishing features; distinctive characteristics: the lineaments of sincere repentance.
- Geology. a linear topographic feature of regional extent that is believed to reflect underlying crustal structure.
Origin of lineament
Examples from the Web for lineament
The light of the fire was upon it, and its every lineament was revealed distinctly.Barnaby Rudge
I had ample time to scan his features and canvass their every lineament.Charles O'Malley, The Irish Dragoon, Volume 1 (of 2)
"I am stopping it," Dunark stated quietly, grim purpose in every lineament.Skylark Three
Edward Elmer Smith
I should not have recognized him had we met in the street, so altered was every lineament.
Compared with the original, at last—in every lineament how like it was!
- a facial outline or feature
- a distinctive characteristic or feature
- geology any long natural feature on the surface of the earth, such as a fault, esp as revealed by aerial photography
Word Origin and History for lineament
early 15c., "distinctive feature of the body, outline," from Middle French lineament, from Latin lineamentum "contour, outline," literally "a line, stroke, mark," from lineare "to reduce to a straight line," from linea (see line (n.)). Figurative sense of "a characteristic" is attested from 1630s.