lineament
noun Etymology: Middle English, from Latin lineamentum, from lineare to draw a line, from linea Date: 15th century 1. a. an outline, feature, or contour of a body or figure and especially of a face — usually used in plural b. a linear topographic feature (as of the earth) that reveals a characteristic (as a fault or the subsurface structure) 2. a distinguishing or characteristic feature — usually used in plural • lineamental adjective

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

Synonyms:
(particularly of the face), , ,


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  • lineament — ► NOUN 1) literary a distinctive feature, especially of the face. 2) Geology a linear feature on the earth s surface. ORIGIN Latin lineamentum, from linea a line …   English terms dictionary

  • lineament — [lin′ē ə mənt] n. [ME liniamente < L lineamentum < lineare, to fashion to a straight line < linea, LINE1] 1. any of the features of the body, usually of the face, esp. with regard to its outline 2. a distinctive feature or characteristic …   English World dictionary

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