One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1usually lineamentsliterary A distinctive feature or characteristic, especially of the face.‘I recognized those haggard lineaments’
distinctive features, features, distinguishing characteristics, hallmarks, properties, traitsView synonyms
- ‘Here's a man who clearly knows how to achieve the lineaments of gratified desire on the faces of his women, as I think William Blake once phrased it.’
- ‘His vanity is a lineament in his character which had entirely escaped me.’
- ‘Their final powerful lines reduced to lineaments around the eyes.’
A linear feature on the earth's surface, such as a fault.
silhouette, profile, figure, shape, contour, form, line, lineaments, delineationView synonyms
- ‘Basanites were sampled from six localities within the outcrop of the Batain Nappes and define two lineaments, similar in trend to the Qalhat Fault.’
- ‘Gravity and magnetic data also portray the NE-SW-trending lineament outlined by the Mesozoic faults, suggesting a link between the Hardangerfjord Shear Zone and the Highland Boundary Fault.’
- ‘Some magmatic activity is concentrated along basement lineaments and other volcanism appears to be related to rifting in a similar way to that of major rift valleys.’
- ‘This rules out significant increments of both strike-slip and dip-slip post-emplacement displacements on the lineament.’
- ‘The region east of the gravity lineament has witnessed intensive magmatism and basin development since Mesozoic time.’
Late Middle English: from Latin lineamentum, from lineare ‘make straight’, from linea ‘a line’ (see line).
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