- the science or art of assembling, shaping, or ornamenting materials in construction; the constructive arts in general.
- structural geology.
Origin of tectonics
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- the art and science of construction or building
- the study of the processes by which the earth's crust has attained its present structureSee also plate tectonics
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Word Origin and History for tectonics
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- The branch of geology that deals with the broad structural and deformational features of the outer part of the Earth, their origins, and the relationships between them. See more at plate tectonics.
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