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lin·e·a·ment

 (lĭn′ē-ə-mənt)
n.
1. A distinctive shape, contour, or line, especially of the face.
2. often lineaments A definitive or characteristic feature: "the gross and subtle folds of corruption on the average senatorial face are hardly the lineaments of virtue" (Norman Mailer).

[Middle English liniament, from Latin līneāmentum, from līnea, line; see line1.]

lineament

(ˈlɪnɪəmənt)
n (often plural)
1. (Physiology) a facial outline or feature
2. a distinctive characteristic or feature
3. (Physical Geography) geology any long natural feature on the surface of the earth, such as a fault, esp as revealed by aerial photography
[C15: from Latin: line, from līneāre to draw a line]
lineamental adj

lin•e•a•ment

(ˈlɪn i ə mənt)

n.
1. Often, lineaments. a feature or detail of a face, body, or figure, considered with respect to its outline or contour.
2. Usu., lineaments. distinguishing features.
3. a linear topographic feature of regional extent that is believed to reflect underlying crustal structure.
[1400–50; < Latin līneāmentum a stroke =līneā(re) to draw a line + -mentum -ment]
lin`e•a•men′tal (-ˈmɛn tl) adj.

lineament

a feature or detail in relation to outline or contour, as a feature of a face. — lineamental, adj.
See also: Facial Features
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.lineament - a characteristic property that defines the apparent individual nature of something; "each town has a quality all its own"; "the radical character of our demands"
attribute, dimension, property - a construct whereby objects or individuals can be distinguished; "self-confidence is not an endearing property"
texture - the essential quality of something; "the texture of Neapolitan life"
2.lineament - the characteristic parts of a person's face: eyes and nose and mouth and chin; "an expression of pleasure crossed his features"; "his lineaments were very regular"
body part - any part of an organism such as an organ or extremity
chin, mentum - the protruding part of the lower jaw
face, human face - the front of the human head from the forehead to the chin and ear to ear; "he washed his face"; "I wish I had seen the look on his face when he got the news"
brow, forehead - the part of the face above the eyes
temple - the flat area on either side of the forehead; "the veins in his temple throbbed"
cheek - either side of the face below the eyes
jowl - a fullness and looseness of the flesh of the lower cheek and jaw (characteristic of aging)
jaw - the bones of the skull that frame the mouth and serve to open it; the bones that hold the teeth
Translations
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lineament

[ˈlɪnɪəmənt] Nlineamento m

lineament

n (form)Lineament nt (rare); lineaments pl (of face)Gesichtszüge pl
References in classic literature ?
In the head and face every organ and lineament expressive of brutal and unhesitating violence was in a state of the highest possible development.
Strictly speaking, ZUG means Pull, Tug, Draught, Procession, March, Progress, Flight, Direction, Expedition, Train, Caravan, Passage, Stroke, Touch, Line, Flourish, Trait of Character, Feature, Lineament, Chess-move, Organ-stop, Team, Whiff, Bias, Drawer, Propensity, Inhalation, Disposition: but that thing which it does NOT mean--when all its legitimate pennants have been hung on, has not been discovered yet.
I was struck with a profound veneration at the sight of Brutus, and could easily discover the most consummate virtue, the greatest intrepidity and firmness of mind, the truest love of his country, and general benevolence for mankind, in every lineament of his countenance.
When we stood still, he got opposite to him, and drawing his hand across and across his open mouth with a curious expression of a sense of power, and turning up his eyes, and lowering his grey eyebrows until they appeared to be shut, seemed to scan every lineament of his face.
Amid a rolling cloud of dust, I caught a glimpse of a pale, agitated face--a face with horror in every lineament, the mouth open, the eyes staring wildly in front.
He was seated on the ice, making spasmodic efforts to smile, but anguish was depicted on every lineament of his countenance.
The light of the fire was upon it, and its every lineament was revealed distinctly.
While the waters of Venice and the ruins of Rome were sunning themselves for the pleasure of the Dorrit family, and were daily being sketched out of all earthly proportion, lineament, and likeness, by travelling pencils innumerable, the firm of Doyce and Clennam hammered away in Bleeding Heart Yard, and the vigorous clink of iron upon iron was heard there through the working hours.
The novice in the military art flew from point to point, retarding his own preparations by the excess of his violent and somewhat distempered zeal; while the more practiced veteran made his arrangements with a deliberation that scorned every appearance of haste; though his sober lineaments and anxious eye sufficiently betrayed that he had no very strong professional relish for the, as yet, untried and dreaded warfare of the wilderness.
John Reed was a schoolboy of fourteen years old; four years older than I, for I was but ten: large and stout for his age, with a dingy and unwholesome skin; thick lineaments in a spacious visage, heavy limbs and large extremities.
Years have elapsed, since I had an opportunity of ocularly perusing the lineaments, now familiar to the imaginations of a considerable portion of the civilized world.
The flickering rays of the 'armor' nut just served to reveal their savage lineaments, without dispelling the darkness that hovered about them.