[ tek-ton-iks ]
/ tɛkˈtɒn ɪks /
noun (used with a singular verb)
the science or art of assembling, shaping, or ornamenting materials in construction; the constructive arts in general.
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Words nearby tectonics
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British Dictionary definitions for tectonics
/ (tɛkˈtɒnɪks) /
noun (functioning as singular)
the art and science of construction or building
the study of the processes by which the earth's crust has attained its present structureSee also plate tectonics
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Scientific definitions for tectonics
[ tĕk-tŏn′ĭks ]
The branch of geology that deals with the broad structural and deformational features of the outer part of the Earth, their origins, and the relationships between them. See more at plate tectonics.
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