[ lin-ee-ey-shuhn ]
See synonyms for lineation on
  1. an act or instance of marking with or tracing by lines.

  2. a division into lines.

  1. an outline or delineation.

  2. an arrangement or group of lines.

Origin of lineation

1350–1400; Middle English lyneacion<Late Latin līneātiōn- (stem of līneātiō) the drawing of a line, Latin: direction, line. See lineate, -ion

Words Nearby lineation Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use lineation in a sentence

  • There are two methods of observing systematically the lineation patterns.

    Dactylography | Henry Faulds
  • In death the face was placid, intelligent, without ignoble lineation—the face of the man they had known at college.

British Dictionary definitions for lineation


/ (ˌlɪnɪˈeɪʃən) /

  1. the act of marking with lines

  2. an arrangement of or division into lines

  1. an outline or contour

  2. any linear arrangement involving rocks or minerals, such as a parallel arrangement of elongated mineral grains

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