cline
Pronunciation Noun

cline (plural clines)

  1. (systematics) A gradation in a character or phenotype within a species or other group.
  2. Any graduated continuum.
    • 2005, Ronnie Cann, Ruth Kempson and Lutz Marten, The Dynamics of Language, an Introduction, p. 412
      This account effectively reconstructs the well-known grammaticalisation cline from anaphora to agreement, …
Related terms Noun

cline (plural clines)

  1. (geometry, inversive geometry) A generalized circle.
    • 2011, Dominique Michelucci, What is a Line?, Pascal Schreck, Julien Narboux, Jürgen Richter-Gebert (editors), Automated Deduction in Geometry, 8th International Workshop, ADG 2010, Revised Selected Papers, LNAI 6877, page 139 ↗,
      Let Ω be a fixed, arbitrary, point. Then circles (in the classical sense) through Ω can be considered as lines. For convenience, such circles are called clines in this section. Two distinct clines cut in one point (ignoring Ω and the two cyclic points); it can happen that Ω is a double intersection point; in this case, one may say that the two clines are parallel, and that they meet at a point at infinity, which is Ω.
Synonyms
Cline
Proper noun
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