[ dahy-as-truh-fiz-uh m ]
/ daɪˈæs trəˌfɪz əm /
Also called tectonism. the action of the forces that cause the earth's crust to be deformed, producing continents, mountains, changes of level, etc.
any such resulting deformation.
Related formsdi·a·stroph·ic [dahy-uh-strof-ik, -stroh-fik] /ˌdaɪ əˈstrɒf ɪk, -ˈstroʊ fɪk/, adjectivedi·a·stroph·i·cal·ly, adverb
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Nor was the violent volcanic and diastrophic activity in the Miocene associated with extreme climates.Climatic Changes|Ellsworth Huntington
British Dictionary definitions for diastrophic
/ (daɪˈæstrəˌfɪzəm) /
Derived Formsdiastrophic (ˌdaɪəˈstrɒfɪk), adjective
Word Origin for diastrophism
C19: from Greek diastrophē a twisting; see dia-, strophe
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