isostasy

noun
isos·ta·sy | \ī-ˈsä-stə-sē \

Definition of isostasy 

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

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

Other Words from isostasy

isostatic \ˌī-sə-ˈsta-tik \ adjective
isostatically \ˌī-sə-ˈsta-ti-k(ə-)lē \ adverb

First Known Use of isostasy

1889, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for isostasy

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

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