American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A distinctive shape, contour, or line, especially of the face.
- n. A definitive or characteristic feature. Often used in the plural: "the gross and subtle folds of corruption on the average senatorial face are hardly the lineaments of virtue” ( Norman Mailer).
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A feature or detail of a body or figure considered as to its outlines or contour; linear formation of a part, as in the human face; hence, a particular physical feature or characteristic; sometimes, a distinguishing characteristic or quality in general: used chiefly in the plural.
- n. Any distinctive shape or line etc.
- n. A distinctive feature that characterizes something, especially the parts of the face of an individual.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. One of the outlines, exterior features, or distinctive marks, of a body or figure, particularly of the face; feature; form; mark; -- usually in the
- n. a characteristic property that defines the apparent individual nature of something
- n. the characteristic parts of a person's face: eyes and nose and mouth and chin
- From Latin lineamentum, from linea (line): compare French linéament. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English liniament, from Latin līneāmentum, from līnea, line; see line1. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“lineament," and fetid conspiracies for inclusive ordinations and orientations.”
“The bulky sage arose from his seat, and, approaching the young soldier, fixed on him his keen large dark eyes as if he were in the act of internally spelling and dissecting every lineament and feature.”
“Could they be identified as the same being? or, while strictly alike in shape and lineament, was the one a tenant of the earth, the other only a phantom, permitted to show itself among those of a nature in which she did not partake?”
“I missed it's lineament, and missed the very large No. of friends, neighbors and relatives who either left abroad or dead.”
“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.”
“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 light of the fire was upon it, and its every lineament was revealed distinctly.”
“There could be no doubt about the features of either; he recollected the exact expression they had worn at different passages of their conversation, and recognised in every line and lineament the Giants of the night.”
“‘CAN you?’ he said again; and every lineament of his expressive countenance added the words ‘resist me?’”
“He was seated on the ice, making spasmodic efforts to smile; but anguish was depicted on every lineament of his countenance.”
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