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anticline

[ an-ti-klahyn ]

noun

, Geology.
  1. an anticlinal rock structure.


anticline

/ ˈæntɪˌklaɪn /

noun

  1. 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 crest Compare syncline


anticline

/ ăntĭ-klīn′ /

  1. 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.
  2. Compare syncline


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Word History and Origins

Origin of anticline1

First recorded in 1860–65; back formation from anticlinal
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Example Sentences

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 unsymmetrical folds one limb is steeper than the other, as in the anticline in Figure 167.

This area, known to geologists as the "Cincinnati anticline," is co-extensive with the fertile blue grass lands.

The southern part of the county is occupied by a portion of the Wealden anticline.

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