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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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British Dictionary definitions for line-amental

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 line-amental

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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