noun di·as·tro·phe \dīˈstrəfē\

Definition of diastrophe



  1. :  a deformation of the earth's crust

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Origin and Etymology of diastrophe

Greek diastrophē twisting, distortion, from diastrephein to twist about, distort, from dia- + strephein to turn, twist — more at strophe

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a brief usually trivial fact

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