[ jee-oh-sin-klahyn ]
/ ˌdʒi oʊˈsɪn klaɪn /

noun Geology.

a portion of the earth's crust subjected to downward warping during a large span of geologic time; a geosynclinal fold.

Origin of geosyncline

First recorded in 1890–95; geo- + syncline Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for geosyncline


/ (ˌdʒiːəʊˈsɪŋklaɪn) /


a broad elongated depression in the earth's crust containing great thicknesses of sediment
Derived Formsgeosynclinal, adjective
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Word Origin and History for geosyncline



1895, back-formation from geosynclinal (1873); see geo- + synclinal.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Science definitions for geosyncline


[ jē′ō-sĭnklīn′ ]

A usually elongate, basinlike depression along the edge of a continent, in which a thick sequence of sediments and volcanic deposits has accumulated.
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