isostasy

noun
isos·​ta·​sy | \ ī-ˈsä-stə-sē How to pronounce isostasy (audio) \

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 How to pronounce isostasy (audio) \ adjective
isostatically \ ˌī-​sə-​ˈsta-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce isostasy (audio) \ 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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“Isostasy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/isostasy. Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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