Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

isostasy

play
noun isos·ta·sy \ī-ˈsäs-tə-sē\

Definition of isostasy

  1. 1 :  general equilibrium in the earth's crust maintained by a yielding flow of rock material beneath the surface under gravitative stress

  2. 2 :  the quality or state of being subjected to equal pressure from every side

isostatic

play \ˌī-sə-ˈsta-tik\ adjective

isostatically

play \-ˈsta-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb


Origin and Etymology of isostasy

International Scientific Vocabulary is- + Greek -stasia condition of standing, from histanai to cause to stand — more at stand


First Known Use: 1889


Learn More about isostasy


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up isostasy? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

different from the usual or normal

Get Word of the Day daily email!