- of or relating to building or construction; constructive; architectural.
- pertaining to the structure of the earth's crust.
- referring to the forces or conditions within the earth that cause movements of the crust.
- designating the results of such movements: tectonic valleys.
Origin of tectonic
Examples from the Web for tectonic
Mars has no tectonic plates—no continents, in other words—and no ginormous moon.The Best Map of Mars Yet
Matthew R. Francis
July 20, 2014
This here is tectonic heat, a contrast hitting at the heart of why we love sport in the first place.Super Bowl XLVIII Is Set to Be the Most Violent One Yet
January 30, 2014
The 68-million-year-old remnants of dinosaur feet were pushed upward by tectonic activity.294 Dinosaurs Once Walked on This Wall in Bolivia
October 24, 2013
For how long should one stand on principle when tectonic shifts rumble below?Cato's Bloody Example
February 1, 2013
But I appreciate the tectonic significance Jobs has had and that Apple possesses.Don't Bet Against Apple
August 25, 2011
They owe their formation to tectonic movements, subsidences of the surface.The Argentine Republic
The earthquakes in New Zealand are evidently of the tectonic type.The Wonder Book of Volcanoes and Earthquakes
Edwin J. Houston
That tectonic earthquakes are closely connected with the formation of faults seems now established beyond doubt.
In all respects, tectonic earthquakes differ widely from the Ischian shocks.
Distinctions, so great as these are, evidently remove the Ischian shocks from the category of tectonic earthquakes.
- denoting or relating to construction or building
- (of landforms, rock masses, etc) resulting from distortion of the earth's crust due to forces within it
- (of processes, movements, etc) occurring within the earth's crust and causing structural deformation
Word Origin and History for tectonic
1650s, "of or relating to building," from Late Latin tectonicus, from Greek tektonikos "pertaining to building," from tekton (genitive tektonos) "builder, carpenter," from PIE root *tek- "to make" (see texture). The geological sense is recorded from 1894.
- Relating to the forces involved in plate tectonics or the structural features resulting from them.