[ an-ti-klahyn ]
/ ˈæn tɪˌklaɪn /

noun Geology.

an anticlinal rock structure.

Origin of anticline

First recorded in 1860–65; back formation from anticlinal Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for anticline

/ (ˈæntɪˌklaɪn) /


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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Scientific definitions for anticline

[ ăntĭ-klīn′ ]

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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