[sin-klahyn-l, sing-, sing-kli-nl]
- 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.
Origin of synclinal
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Examples 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
If an anticlinal arch be a weak structure, a synclinal arrangement of strata is quite the opposite.
Synclinal strata therefore endure, while anticlinal strata are worn more readily away.
Word Origin and History for synclinal
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