cline: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (klīn), [key]
— n.
  1. the gradual change in certain characteristics exhibited by members of a series of adjacent populations of organisms of the same species.
  2. (in systemic linguistics) a scale of continuous gradation; continuum.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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