Definition of lineament in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈlinēəmənt/


1 (usually lineaments) literary A distinctive feature or characteristic, especially of the face.
Example sentences
  • Their final powerful lines reduced to lineaments around the eyes.
  • 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.
2 Geology A linear feature on the earth’s surface, such as a fault.
Example sentences
  • 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.
  • Basanites were sampled from six localities within the outcrop of the Batain Nappes and define two lineaments, similar in trend to the Qalhat Fault.


Late Middle English: from Latin lineamentum, from lineare 'make straight', from linea 'a line' (see line1).

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Syllabification: lin·e·a·ment

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