- an anticlinal rock structure.
Origin of anticline
First recorded in 1860–65; back formation from anticlinal
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Examples from the Web for anticline
First, you get a low arch, or anticline, like that of the Weald.The Story of the Hills
H. N. Hutchinson
And then let us pass to the other side of the anticline, and walk on the shore to Shanklin.
The figure shows the structure of the Sandown anticline we have described.
In other cases the anticline may be of nearly equidimensional dome form.The Economic Aspect of Geology
C. K. Leith
An arch of strata like this , such as the one we are looking at, is called an anticline.
- a formation of stratified rock raised up, by folding, into a broad arch so that the strata slope down on both sides from a common crestCompare syncline
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Word Origin and History for anticline
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A fold of rock layers that slope downward on both sides of a common crest. Anticlines form when rocks are compressed by plate-tectonic forces. They can be as small as a hill or as large as a mountain range. Compare syncline.
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