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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.]
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]
lin•e•a•ment(ˈlɪn i ə mənt)
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.
a feature or detail in relation to outline or contour, as a feature of a face. — lineamental, adj.See also: Facial Features
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|Noun||1.||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
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"
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