lineament

[lin-ee-uh-muhnt]
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:
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

lineamental [lin-ee-a-men-tl] , adjective
lineamentation, noun
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lineament (ˈlɪnɪəmənt)
 
n
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
 
[C15: from Latin: line, from līneāre to draw a line]
 
lineamental
 
adj

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lineament
early 15c., "distinctive feature of the body, outline," from M.Fr. lineament, from L. lineamentum "contour, outline," from lineare "to reduce to a straight line," from linea (see line (n.)). Fig. sense of "a characteristic" is attested from 1630s.
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Mapped faults without a coinciding magnetic lineament can be explained in several ways.
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