lin·​e·​a·​ment | \ ˈli-nē-ə-mənt How to pronounce lineament (audio) \

Definition of lineament

1a : 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 (such as a fault or the subsurface structure)
2 : a distinguishing or characteristic feature usually used in plural

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lineamental \ ˌli-​nē-​ə-​ˈmen-​tᵊl How to pronounce lineament (audio) \ adjective

Examples of lineament in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Jeff and Russell, whose character is more layered, deserve a few more realistic lineaments. Los Angeles Times, "Review: In the ‘Almost Famous’ musical, Cameron Crowe’s coming-of-age rock tale burns bright," 29 Sep. 2019 The lineaments of a more equitable, sustainable, and cooperative world sketched out by advocates of a Green New Deal have given way, in stunningly short order, to a race to a new global bottom, equal parts Thomas Hobbes and Mad Max. Emily Atkin, The New Republic, "The Blood-Dimmed Tide," 16 Sep. 2019 The lineaments of Mr Kim’s rule appear consistent: purges and repression at the highest level, economic liberalisation at the grassroots and the pursuit of nuclear weapons. The Economist, "North Korea’s despot has one goal: survival," 26 Apr. 2018 But to those who are much more invested in the world of tomorrow, the Satoshi story has the lineaments of a modern morality tale quite independent of stock realities. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "The Creator of Bitcoin Comes Clean, Only to Disappear Again," 11 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of lineament

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for lineament

Middle English, from Latin lineamentum, from lineare to draw a line, from linea

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“Lineament.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2021.

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