synclinal

[ sin-klahyn-l, sing-, sing-kli-nl ]
/ sɪnˈklaɪn l, sɪŋ-, ˈsɪŋ klɪ nl /

adjective

sloping downward from opposite directions so as to meet in a common point or line.
Geology.
  1. inclining upward on both sides from a median line or axis, as a downward fold of rock strata.
  2. pertaining to such a fold.

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Origin of synclinal

1825–35; syn- + Greek klī́n(ein) to lean1 + -al1

OTHER WORDS FROM synclinal

syn·cli·nal·ly, adverb
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Example sentences from the Web for synclinal

  • Take, for example, one of the synclinal folds in the Appalachian chain.

    The Story of the Hills|H. N. Hutchinson
  • Synclinal strata therefore endure, while anticlinal strata are worn more readily away.

  • If an anticlinal arch be a weak structure, a synclinal arrangement of strata is quite the opposite.