- pertaining to the structure of the earth's crust.
- referring to the forces or conditions within the earth that cause movements of the crust.
- designating the results of such movements: tectonic valleys.
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Origin of tectonic
OTHER WORDS FROM tectonictec·ton·i·cal·ly, adverb
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Example sentences from the Web for tectonic
Mars has no tectonic plates—no continents, in other words—and no ginormous moon.
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The 68-million-year-old remnants of dinosaur feet were pushed upward by tectonic activity.
For how long should one stand on principle when tectonic shifts rumble below?
But I appreciate the tectonic significance Jobs has had and that Apple possesses.
Distinctions, so great as these are, evidently remove the Ischian shocks from the category of tectonic earthquakes.
That tectonic earthquakes are closely connected with the formation of faults seems now established beyond doubt.
That this quake was of the tectonic type was evident from the great fault that was formed.
All the tectonic movements of the solid nucleus produce changes in the mobile lithosphere.
The great San Francisco earthquake of April 18th, 1906, appears to have been a tectonic quake.
British Dictionary definitions for tectonic
- (of landforms, rock masses, etc) resulting from distortion of the earth's crust due to forces within it
- (of processes, movements, etc) occurring within the earth's crust and causing structural deformation