- 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.
Origin of tectonic
OTHER WORDS FROM tectonictec·ton·i·cal·ly, adverb
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How to use tectonic in a sentence
Some say that hardened extremists are often beyond reach until a tectonic shift in their own lives forces self-reflection.After Capitol riots, desperate families turn to groups that ‘deprogram’ extremists|Paulina Villegas, Hannah Knowles|February 5, 2021|Washington Post
The Americas are moving away from Europe and Africa by a few centimeters each year, as the tectonic plates underlying those continents drift apart.An upwelling of rock beneath the Atlantic may drive continents apart|Maria Temming|February 4, 2021|Science News
Earth’s happens to include the powerful cycle of plate tectonics.How the Earth-shaking theory of plate tectonics was born|Carolyn Gramling|January 13, 2021|Science News
We’ll be looking back at transformative moments in science over the last century, starting in this issue with the emergence of the theory of plate tectonics in the 1960s.
Setting aside the tectonic political moment, there’s plenty of activity inside the world of startups we need to discuss.With 5 new unicorns in first week of 2021, are we in for a stampede this year?|Alex Wilhelm|January 7, 2021|TechCrunch
But even without help from a restless tectonic plate, folks in the Napa Valley get easily agitated.
Some time ago, say a few million years ago, several tectonic plates collided.
Mars has no tectonic plates—no continents, in other words—and no ginormous moon.
Underneath our feet tectonic plates shift, magma bubbles, water boils, and both regularly erupt.
This here is tectonic heat, a contrast hitting at the heart of why we love sport in the first place.Super Bowl XLVIII Is Set to Be the Most Violent One Yet|Evin Demirel|January 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
That tectonic earthquakes are closely connected with the formation of faults seems now established beyond doubt.
In all respects, tectonic earthquakes differ widely from the Ischian shocks.
Distinctions, so great as these are, evidently remove the Ischian shocks from the category of tectonic earthquakes.
An important tectonic principle underlies the development of the phenomena we have just been reviewing.The Birth-Time of the World and Other Scientific Essays|J. (John) Joly
In the tectonic structure of Asia the Kuen-lun forms, as it were, the backbone of the continent.
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