[lin-ee-ey-shuh n]


an act or instance of marking with or tracing by lines.
a division into lines.
an outline or delineation.
an arrangement or group of lines.

Nearby words

  1. linear transformation,
  2. linear-tracking,
  3. linearity,
  4. linearize,
  5. lineate,
  6. linebacker,
  7. linebred,
  8. linebreeding,
  9. linecaster,
  10. linecasting

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for lineation

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

    Dactylography|Henry Faulds

British Dictionary definitions for lineation



the act of marking with lines
an arrangement of or division into lines
an outline or contour
any linear arrangement involving rocks or minerals, such as a parallel arrangement of elongated mineral grains
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Word Origin and History for lineation



late 14c., from Latin lineationem (nominative lineatio) "the making in a straight line," noun of action from past participle stem of lineare (see lineament).

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