synclinal

adjective
syn·​cli·​nal | \ (ˌ)sin-ˈklī-nᵊl How to pronounce synclinal (audio) \

Definition of synclinal

1 : inclined down from opposite directions so as to meet
2 : having or relating to a folded rock structure in which the sides dip toward a common line or plane

First Known Use of synclinal

1833, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for synclinal

Greek syn- + klinein to lean — more at lean

Learn More About synclinal

Time Traveler for synclinal

Time Traveler

The first known use of synclinal was in 1833

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near synclinal

synclastic

synclinal

synclinal valley

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for synclinal

Cite this Entry

“Synclinal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/synclinal. Accessed 23 Jan. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Farm Idioms Quiz

  • cow coming home
  • What does 'poke' refer to in the expression 'pig in a poke'?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!