Definition of lineation in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌlɪnɪˈeɪʃ(ə)n/


[mass noun]
1The action or process of drawing lines or marking with lines.
Example sentences
  • So too with any great tradition of poetry: we must have a place to start, the conventions of lineation, and along with them conventions of stanza, poetic form, and chapter.
  • The counterpoint between lineation and grammar in a poem may itself be subject to a further articulation, thought, which as its own periods are superimposed introduces new patterns of reduction and amplification.
  • It is as if just by isolating language on the page, introducing a certain spacing and lineation, the words are made to speak in a new way.
1.1 [count noun] A line or linear marking; an arrangement or group of lines: magnetic lineations
More example sentences
  • Even at ocean - ocean subduction zones, one plate is destroyed, together with the record of magnetic lineations carried on it.
  • Magnetic lineations indicate that the continents were completely separated 90 million years ago, and these authors suggest a date probably 5 to 10 million years earlier.
  • It further supportis the idea that the magnetic lineations represent the stretching direction of the deforming magma.
1.2 [count noun] A contour or outline.
Example sentences
  • The angle between a pair of equivalent marker lineations on a sphere constrains the rotation pole to lie on a great circle that is perpendicular to the mutual plane of those lineations.
  • The lineations plunge to the north in the northern part of the island and to the south in the southeastern part.
  • Quartz and chlorite stretching lineations show two major trends, either down dip to the SW or sub-horizontal plunge to the west or NW, i.e. along strike.
1.3The division of text into lines: the punctuation and lineation are reproduced accurately
More example sentences
  • All drafts and variants are listed except for minor revisions of lineation and punctuation.
  • Holmes' own manipulation of language allows the reader to enter into his private universe, offsetting tight lineation and formal structure with inventive wordplay.
  • Lederer's lineation usually coincides with units of sense and syntax - punctuation occurs more often at the end of a line than within it.


Late Middle English: from Latin lineatio(n-), from lineare 'make straight'.

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