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lineament

[lin-ee-uh-muh nt] /ˈlɪn i ə mənt/
noun
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.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin līneāmentum a stroke, plural, features, equivalent to līneā(re) to draw a line (derivative of līnea; see line1) + -mentum -ment
Related forms
lineamental
[lin-ee-a-men-tl] /ˌlɪn i æˈmɛn tl/ (Show IPA),
adjective
lineamentation, noun
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  • Mapped faults without a coinciding magnetic lineament can be explained in several ways.
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lineament

/ˈlɪnɪəmənt/
noun (often pl)
1.
a facial outline or feature
2.
a distinctive characteristic or feature
3.
(geology) any long natural feature on the surface of the earth, such as a fault, esp as revealed by aerial photography
Derived Forms
lineamental (ˌlɪnɪəˈmɛntəl) adjective
Word Origin
C15: from Latin: line, from līneāre to draw a line
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Word Origin and History for lineament
n.

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.

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