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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Definitions for lineament

  1. 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.
  2. Usually, lineaments. distinguishing features; distinctive characteristics: the lineaments of sincere repentance.
  3. Geology. a linear topographic feature of regional extent that is believed to reflect underlying crustal structure.

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Citations for lineament
Even now, as I commence my task, his full-toned voice swells in my ears; his lustrous eyes dwell on me with all their melancholy sweetness; I see his thin hand raised in animation, while the lineaments of his face are irradiated by the soul within. Mary Shelley, Frankenstein, 1818
... out of you she sees herself more proper / Than any of her lineaments can show her. William Shakespeare, As You Like It, 1623
Origin of lineament
late Middle English
Lineament is from late Middle English from Latin līneāmentum “a stroke, plural, features.” This is equivalent to līneā(re) “to draw a line” (derivative of līnea, the noun use of feminine of līneus “flaxen,” which was originally applied to string). It entered English in the early 15th century.