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.
/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
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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