lineament [lin-ee-uh-muh nt] ExamplesWord Originnoun
- 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.
- Usually lineaments. distinguishing features; distinctive characteristics: the lineaments of sincere repentance.
- Geology. a linear topographic feature of regional extent that is believed to reflect underlying crustal structure.
Origin of lineament 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 formslin·e·a·men·tal [lin-ee-a-men-tl] /ˌlɪn i æˈmɛn tl/, adjectivelin·e·a·men·ta·tion, noun Related Words for lineament boundary, edge, channel, portrait, sketch, figure, likeness, shape, shade, shadow, contour, trick, habit, attribute, quirk, character, feature, peculiarity, oddity, virtue Examples from the Web for lineament Historical Examples of lineament
The light of the fire was upon it, and its every lineament was revealed distinctly.
I had ample time to scan his features and canvass their every lineament.
“I am stopping it,” Dunark stated quietly, grim purpose in every lineament.
Edward Elmer Smith
I should not have recognized him had we met in the street, so altered was every lineament.
Compared with the original, at last—in every lineament how like it was!
British Dictionary definitions for lineament lineament noun (often plural)
- a facial outline or feature
- a distinctive characteristic or feature
- geology any long natural feature on the surface of the earth, such as a fault, esp as revealed by aerial photography
Derived Formslineamental (ˌlɪnɪəˈmɛntəl), adjectiveWord Origin for lineament C15: from Latin: line, from līneāre to draw a line 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.