subduction

noun sub·duc·tion \ (ˌ)səb-ˈdək-shən \
Updated on: 7 Nov 2017

Definition of subduction

: the action or process in plate tectonics of the edge of one crustal plate descending below the edge of another

subduct

play \(ˌ)səb-ˈdəkt\ verb

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Origin and Etymology of subduction

French, from Late Latin subduction-, subductio withdrawal, from Latin subducere to withdraw, from sub- + ducere to draw — more at 1tow



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