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[tek-ton-iks] /tɛkˈtɒn ɪks/
noun, (used with a singular verb)
the science or art of assembling, shaping, or ornamenting materials in construction; the constructive arts in general.
Origin of tectonics
First recorded in 1625-35; See origin at tectonic, -ics Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for tectonics


noun (functioning as sing)
the art and science of construction or building
the study of the processes by which the earth's crust has attained its present structure See also plate tectonics
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Word Origin and History for tectonics

1899 in the geological sense, from tectonic (also see -ics); earlier it meant "building or constructive arts in general" (1850).

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tectonics in Science
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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