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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ With his ancient lineage, his three-hundred-year-old title, and the long-dead Gabriella still representing his only true love?
▪ Who can say now that the dish is not, in fact, of ancient Norman lineage?
▪ Feeding sewage to animals actually has an ancient lineage, and is in principle very natural.
▪ Further studies indicate that these cells are derived of a novel cell lineage.
▪ Spiral cleavage focuses our attention on the role of cell lineage in specifying pattern.
▪ Two cell lineage markers have been applied recently to the pre-implantation mouse embryo.
▪ Most gastric lymphomas are large cell lymphomas of B cell lineage.
▪ Even so, it is a very impressive example of the role of cytoplasmic factors and cell lineage.
▪ Advertising lineage at the Journal has declined 16 percent.
▪ Jean de la Moussaye can trace his lineage back to Louis XIV.
▪ A woman is born into one lineage but is transferred to her husband's lineage as soon as she is married.
▪ In this respect at least, the procedures reflected those of a lineage or tribal meeting of elders and shaikhs.
▪ There is no lineage of sailors in my ancestry.
▪ This was largely because of the influence of Salha Mahmud, from Salah's own lineage.
▪ With his ancient lineage, his three-hundred-year-old title, and the long-dead Gabriella still representing his only true love?
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Lineage \Lin"e*age\ (l[i^]n"[-e]*[asl]j; 48), n. [OE. linage, F. lignage, fr. L. linea line. See 3d Line.] Descent in a line from a common progenitor; progeny; race; descending line of offspring or ascending line of parentage.

Both the lineage and the certain sire From which I sprung, from me are hidden yet.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

late 17c. alteration (by influence of line (n.)) of Middle English linage (c.1300), from Old French lignage "descent, extraction, race," from ligne "line," from Latin linea "string, line, thread" (see line (n.)).


n. descent in a line from a common progenitor; progeny; race; descending line of offspring or ascending line of parentage.

  1. n. the descendants of one individual; "his entire lineage has been warriors" [syn: line, line of descent, descent, bloodline, blood line, blood, pedigree, ancestry, origin, parentage, stemma, stock]

  2. the kinship relation between an individual and the individual's progenitors [syn: descent, line of descent, filiation]

  3. the number of lines in a piece of printed material [syn: linage]

  4. a rate of payment for written material that is measured according to the number of lines submitted [syn: linage]

  5. inherited properties shared with others of your bloodline [syn: ancestry, derivation, filiation]


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Lineage (video game)

Lineage is a medieval fantasy, massively multiplayer online role-playing game ( MMORPG) released in the United States in 1998 by the South Korean computer game developer NCsoft. It is the first game in the Lineage series. It is most popular in Korea and is available in Chinese, Japanese, and English language versions. The game was designed by Jake Song, who had previously designed Nexus: The Kingdom of the Winds, another MMORPG.

Lineage features 2D isometric-overhead graphics similar to those of Ultima Online and Diablo II. Lineage II: The Chaotic Chronicle, a "prequel" set 150 years before the time of Lineage, was released in 2003. To date, the Lineage franchise has attracted 43 million players. Lineage Eternal, a sequel will be set after Lineage and will be the last game in the Lineage series.

In May 2011 NCSoft announced that due to unprofitability the North American Servers would be shut down on June 29, 2011.

Lineage (evolution)

An evolutionary lineage is a sequence of species, that form a line of descent, each new species being the direct result of speciation from an immediate ancestral species. Lineages are subsets of the evolutionary tree of life. Lineages are often determined by the techniques of molecular systematics.

Lineage (Angel)

"Lineage" is episode 7 of season 5 in the television show Angel.

Lineage (Star Trek: Voyager)

__NOTOC__ "Lineage" is the 158th episode of the TV series Star Trek: Voyager, the 12th episode of the seventh season.

Lineage (anthropology)

A lineage is a unilineal descent group that can demonstrate their common descent from a known apical ancestor. Unilineal lineages can be matrilineal or patrilineal, depending on whether they are traced through mothers or fathers, respectively. Whether matrilineal or patrilineal descent is considered most significant differs from culture to culture.

Category:Kinship and descent

Lineage (series)

Lineage (Korean: 리니지) is a medieval fantasy massively multiplayer online role-playing franchise by the South Korean video game developer NCsoft. It has become highly popular in South Korea with subscriptions counting into the millions, but is also available in Chinese-, Japanese-, and English-language versions.

Lineage (Buddhism)

A lineage in Buddhism is a line of transmission of the Buddhist teaching that is "theoretically traced back to the Buddha himself." The acknowledgement of the transmission can be oral, or certified in documents. Several branches of Buddhism, including Zen and Tibetan Buddhism maintain records of their historical teachers. These records serve as a validation for the living exponents of the tradition.

The historical authenticity of Buddhist lineage is questionable. Stephen Batchelor has claimed, speaking about specifically Japanese Zen lineage, "the historicity of this “lineage” simply does not withstand critical scrutiny." Erik Storlie has noted that transmission "is simply false on historical grounds." Edward Conze said "much of the traditions about the early history of Ch’an are the inventions of a later age."

Lineage (genetic)

A genetic lineage is a series of mutations which connect an ancestral genetic type ( allele, haplotype, or haplogroup) to derivative type. In cases where the genetic tree is very bushy the order of mutations in the lineage is mostly known, examples are the order of mutations between E1b1b and E1b1b1a1a for the human Y-chromosome. In other instances the order of mutations may not be known, an example is the sequence of mutations between the L0/L1 split for human mitochondrial DNA and the basal L0 or L1 nodes.

A genetic lineage can be contrasted with an evolutionary lineage in that a genetic lineage applies to a locus. An example of the difference is that ancient African ape evolved into proto-gorilla and a chimpanzee-human ancestor, which further evolved into chimps and humans. While most human lineages coalesce with chimpanzee lineages, which then converge with gorilla lineages, a few human lineages coalesce with gorilla lineages and then converge with chimpanzee lineages (or chimpanzee lineages that coalesce with gorilla lineages and then converge with human lineages). This occurs because the speciation that marks evolutionary lineages occur as non-discrete events that are composed of 10s to 10000s of individuals in each developing taxa. This allows many variant lineages to be passed millions of years (See 2N-rule; 2 * 20 year/generations * 10,000 inds * ploidy) allows multiple deeply rooted lineages to be passed millions of years, over 2 or more speciation events. Such lineages may randomly undergo fixation at any time.

Usage examples of "lineage".

The primary unit within the tribe is the named agnatic lineage several generations deep to which each member belongs.

Severeemish, in part through the queen of Agora, had been couched in terms of blood and lineage.

One day they might spend several hours poring over scrolls of royal lineage or sifting through the gems in the chest from the mantelpiece, Alec wide-eyed as Seregil extolled their properties and how to value them.

But with the anima, all other women after me would have magic, according to their lineage, and all men would be reduced to illusion.

So perhaps he had an edited cerebral chemistry, or an adaptive aural processing mutation in his derivative Kido lineage.

In the early 1950s, Sir Solly Zuckerman published extensive biometric studies showing Australopithecus was not as humanlike as imagined by those who favored putting this creature in the lineage of Homo sapiens.

Thepseudosuchian lineage eventually gave rise to crocodilians, probably in the Late Triassic.

The Crocodylotarsi lineage led to the crocodilians, while the Ornithosuchia lineage terminated in the dinosaurs and birds.

Well, fair sir, many deemed that though her lineage was known by seeming, yet she was of the fairy, and needed neither steed nor chariot to go where she would.

But even when the children of a successful emancipist achieved such Olympian heights, their flawed lineage remained and the whispers of the crinolined society matrons would continue for the next two generations.

Moreover, I encharge the said executors to take my body to Brittany, to the Church of Our Lady, where lie all those of my lineage of Rocasalada.

It came from Yian-Ho for a terrible purpose, and to me - who all too late know the thing stream of van der Heyl blood that trickles down through the Sleghts into my own lineage - has descended the hideous task of fulfilling that purpose.

Like Barien, she can trace her lineage back to the Hierophantic migration.

And all this was due, not to my royal lineage, nor to the deeds I had done and the champions I had overthrown, but to a certain hogskin belt buckled next the skin.

If you could trace your lineage straight back in the male line to Iulus, Aeneas, Anchises, and the goddess Venus, you were secure enough to find it no comedown to mix with anyone from a dockside worker to a Caecilius Metellus.