lithosphere

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noun lith·o·sphere \ˈli-thə-ˌsfir\

Definition of lithosphere

  1. :  the solid part of a celestial body (as the earth); specifically :  the outer part of the solid earth composed of rock essentially like that exposed at the surface, consisting of the crust and outermost layer of the mantle, and usually considered to be about 60 miles (100 kilometers) in thickness

lithospheric

play \ˌli-thə-ˈsfir-ik, -ˈsfer-\ adjective

Origin and Etymology of lithosphere

International Scientific Vocabulary


First Known Use: 1887


LITHOSPHERE Defined for Kids

lithosphere

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noun lith·o·sphere \ˈli-thə-ˌsfir\

Definition of lithosphere for Students

  1. :  the outer part of the solid earth


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