[ sing-klahyn, sin- ]

  1. a synclinal fold.

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Origin of syncline

First recorded in 1870–75; back formation from synclinal

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British Dictionary definitions for syncline


/ (ˈsɪŋklaɪn) /

  1. a downward fold of stratified rock in which the strata slope towards a vertical axis: Compare anticline

Origin of syncline

C19: from syn- + Greek klīnein to lean

Derived forms of syncline

  • synclinal, adjective

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Scientific definitions for syncline


[ sĭnklīn′ ]

  1. A fold of rock layers that slope upward on both sides of a common low point. Synclines form when rocks are compressed by plate-tectonic forces. They can be as small as the side of a cliff or as large as an entire valley. Compare anticline.

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