anticline

[ an-ti-klahyn ]
/ ˈæn tɪˌklaɪn /

noun Geology.

an anticlinal rock structure.

QUIZZES

IS YOUR DESERT PLANT KNOWLEDGE SUCCULENT OR DRIED UP?

Cactus aficionados, don't get left in the dust with this quiz on desert plants. Find out if you have the knowledge to survive this prickly foray into the desert!
Question 1 of 7
This tall, horizontally branched cactus is probably the most recognizable cactus in Arizona. What is it called?

Origin of anticline

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

Example sentences from the Web for anticline

British Dictionary definitions for anticline

anticline
/ (ˈæntɪˌklaɪn) /

noun

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Scientific definitions for anticline

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.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary Copyright © 2011. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.