an·​ti·​cline ˈan-ti-ˌklīn How to pronounce anticline (audio)
: an arch of stratified rock in which the layers bend downward in opposite directions from the crest compare syncline

Illustration of anticline

Illustration of anticline
  • cross section of strata showing anticline

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The harsh, high-desert anticline is almost as big as Delaware and home to such wildness and alien-looking geology that the Mars Society has built a Mars Desert Research Station there. Dina Mishev, Washington Post, 16 Sep. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1845, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of anticline was in 1845

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“Anticline.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Mar. 2023.

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an·​ti·​cline ˈant-i-ˌklīn How to pronounce anticline (audio)
: an arch of rock arranged in layers that bend downward in opposite directions from the top compare syncline

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