isostasy

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noun isos·ta·sy \ī-ˈsä-stə-sē\

Definition of isostasy

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

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

isostatic

play \ˌī-sə-ˈsta-tik\ adjective

isostatically

play \ˌī-sə-ˈsta-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Origin and Etymology of isostasy

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


First Known Use: 1889


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