[ sin-klahyn-l, sing-, sing-kli-nl ]

  1. sloping downward from opposite directions so as to meet in a common point or line.

  2. Geology.

    • inclining upward on both sides from a median line or axis, as a downward fold of rock strata.

    • pertaining to such a fold.

Origin of synclinal

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

Other words from synclinal

  • syn·cli·nal·ly, adverb

Words Nearby synclinal Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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