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noun Geology.
  1. an anticlinal rock structure.
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Origin of anticline

First recorded in 1860–65; back formation from anticlinal
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Examples from the Web for anticline

Historical Examples

  • First, you get a low arch, or anticline, like that of the Weald.

    The Story of the Hills

    H. N. Hutchinson

  • The figure shows the structure of the Sandown anticline we have described.

  • And then let us pass to the other side of the anticline, and walk on the shore to Shanklin.

  • In other cases the anticline may be of nearly equidimensional dome form.

  • An arch of strata like this , such as the one we are looking at, is called an anticline.

British Dictionary definitions for anticline


  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 crestCompare syncline
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Word Origin and History for anticline


1867, earlier anticlinal (1849, by ellipsis from anticlinal fold), from anti- "against" + Greek klinein "to lean, slope" (see lean (v.)). Form assimilated to incline.

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anticline in Science


  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. Compare syncline.
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