Definition of lineament in English:



  • 1literary A distinctive feature or characteristic, especially of the face.

    • ‘His vanity is a lineament in his character which had entirely escaped me.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Their final powerful lines reduced to lineaments around the eyes.’
    distinctive features, features, distinguishing characteristics, hallmarks, properties, traits
    form, outline, lines, contours
    configuration, physiognomy, profile, face, countenance, visage
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  • 2Geology
    A linear feature on the earth's surface, such as a 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.’
    • ‘The region east of the gravity lineament has witnessed intensive magmatism and basin development since Mesozoic time.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Basanites were sampled from six localities within the outcrop of the Batain Nappes and define two lineaments, similar in trend to the Qalhat Fault.’
    silhouette, profile, figure, shape, contour, form, line, lineaments, delineation
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Late Middle English: from Latin lineamentum, from lineare make straight from linea a line (see line).