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lineament

[ lin-ee-uh-muhnt ]
/ ˈlɪn i ə mənt /
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noun

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.

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Origin of lineament

First recorded in 1450–1500; late Middle English, from Latin līneāmentum “a stroke, line (made with a pen, chalk, etc.)”; plural, “features, drawings,” equivalent to līneā(re) “to reduce to a straight line, draw or trace lines,” (derivative of līnea; see line1) + -mentum-ment

OTHER WORDS FROM lineament

lin·e·a·men·tal [lin-ee-a-men-tl], /ˌlɪn i æˈmɛn tl/, adjectivelin·e·a·men·ta·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for lineament

lineament
/ (ˈlɪnɪəmənt) /

noun (often plural)

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

Derived forms of lineament

lineamental (ˌlɪnɪəˈmɛntəl), adjective

Word Origin for lineament

C15: from Latin: line, from līneāre to draw a line
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