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tectonic

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adjective tec·ton·ic \tek-ˈtä-nik\

Simple Definition of tectonic

  • geology : of or relating to changes in the structure of the Earth's surface

  • : having a large and important effect

Full Definition of tectonic

  1. 1 :  of or relating to tectonics

  2. 2 :  having a strong and widespread impact <a tectonic shift in voting patterns>

tec·ton·i·cal·ly play \-ni-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of tectonic

  1. There has been a recent tectonic shift in voting patterns.

  2. <a tectonic shift in societal trends occurred in the 1960s>



Origin of tectonic

Late Latin tectonicus, from Greek tektonikos of a builder, from tektōn builder — more at technical


First Known Use: 1894


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