- inclining in opposite directions from a central axis.
- inclining downward on both sides from a median line or axis, as a fold of rock strata.
- pertaining to such a fold.
Origin of anticlinal
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Anticlinal, an-ti-klīn′al, adj. sloping in opposite directions.
Data are insufficient, however, to indicate the extent to which the anticlinal areas are really areas of maximum shearing.The Economic Aspect of Geology
C. K. Leith
The crest of the Ochils coincides, therefore, more or less closely, with an anticlinal arch or fold of the strata.
If an anticlinal arch be a weak structure, a synclinal arrangement of strata is quite the opposite.
Synclinal strata therefore endure, while anticlinal strata are worn more readily away.
- of, relating to, or resembling an anticline
- botany of or relating to the plane at right angles to the surface of an organ
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- Inclined in opposite directions, as two sides of a pyramid.
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