sloping downward from opposite directions so as to meet in a common point or line.
inclining upward on both sides from a median line or axis, as a downward fold of rock strata.
pertaining to such a fold.
- syn·cli·nal·ly, adverb
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How to use synclinal in a sentence
Many such synclinal mountains or plateaus, separated by narrower anticlinal valleys, occur throughout the Appalachians.North America | Israel C. Russell
The high synclinal coal-field forms the most important feature of the north of the county.
Take, for example, one of the synclinal folds in the Appalachian chain.The Story of the Hills | H. N. Hutchinson
If an anticlinal arch be a weak structure, a synclinal arrangement of strata is quite the opposite.Fragments of Earth Lore | James Geikie
synclinal strata therefore endure, while anticlinal strata are worn more readily away.Fragments of Earth Lore | James Geikie