Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to cline: Celine
A gradual change in a character or feature across the distributional range of a species or population, usually correlated with an environmental or geographic transition.
clin′al (klī′nəl) adj.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
(Environmental Science) a continuous variation in form between members of a species having a wide variable geographical or ecological range
[C20: from Greek klinein to lean]
(Biography) Patsy, original name Virginia Patterson Hensley. 1932–63, US country singer; her bestselling records include "Walking After Midnight", "I Fall to Pieces", and "Leavin' On Your Mind"
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
the gradual change in certain characteristics exhibited by members of a series of adjacent populations of organisms of the same species.
[1935–40; < Greek klinein to lean1]
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.