syncline

noun
syn·​cline | \ ˈsin-ˌklīn How to pronounce syncline (audio) \

Definition of syncline

: a trough of stratified rock in which the beds dip toward each other from either side — compare anticline

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Illustration of syncline

cross section of strata showing syncline

First Known Use of syncline

1873, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for syncline

back-formation from synclinal

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“Syncline.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/syncline. Accessed 18 Sep. 2021.

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