syn·​cli·​nal (ˌ)sin-ˈklī-nᵊl How to pronounce synclinal (audio)
: inclined down from opposite directions so as to meet
: having or relating to a folded rock structure in which the sides dip toward a common line or plane

Word History


Greek syn- + klinein to lean — more at lean

First Known Use

1833, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of synclinal was in 1833

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Cite this Entry

“Synclinal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

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