tectonic

adjective
tec·​ton·​ic | \tek-ˈtä-nik \

Definition of tectonic 

1 : of or relating to tectonics

2 : having a strong and widespread impact a tectonic shift in voting patterns

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Other Words from tectonic

tectonically \ tek-​ˈtä-​ni-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb

Examples of tectonic in a Sentence

There has been a recent tectonic shift in voting patterns. a tectonic shift in societal trends occurred in the 1960s

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However, beneath statements about NATO’s unity and indispensability — and the alarm over Trump — the alliance is arguably undergoing a tectonic shift, and Trump may be as much its manifestation as its cause. John Hudson, Washington Post, "U.S. assessing cost of keeping troops in Germany as Trump battles with Europe," 30 June 2018 However, beneath statements about NATO's unity and indispensability - and the alarm over Trump - the alliance is arguably undergoing a tectonic shift, and Trump may be as much its manifestation as its cause. chicagotribune.com, "U.S. assessing cost of keeping troops in Germany as Trump battles with Europe," 29 June 2018 Pelli has received awards for his creations, including a museum design in China inspired by geology — the shifting tectonic plate movements. Lisa J. Huriash, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Famed architect to develop West Palm's main entranceway," 14 June 2018 And to be part of the tectonic movement in our industry's power structure. Megan Friedman, Harper's BAZAAR, "Frances McDormand Just Gave a Rousing Golden Globes Acceptance Speech," 8 Jan. 2018 Scientifically known as tectonic uplift, the rise also implies that up to 10 percent more ice has melted off the (WAIS) than previously assumed. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "The Bedrock Below West Antarctica Is Rising Shockingly Fast," 25 June 2018 Waves push around vast swaths of saltwater, tides ebb and flow, and over time tectonic rumblings transform the seafloor. Larisa Bennett, Smithsonian, "Smart Software Helps Fishermen Catch the Fish They Want, Not Endangered Species," 6 June 2018 For some years, the significance of the zones of aligned rocks remained obscure, their tectonic significance unknown. Longreads, "The Quest for the Collision Zone: An Arctic Expedition," 12 Mar. 2018 As outlets big and small reel from tectonic forces—Facebook and Google controlling the digital ad market, cord-cutting, cultural fragmentation—media companies are increasingly creating communities for their most devoted and loyal followers. Alex Shephard, New Republic, "How News Outlets Became Lifestyle Brands," 22 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of tectonic

1894, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for tectonic

Late Latin tectonicus, from Greek tektonikos of a builder, from tektōn builder — more at technical

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tectonic

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English Language Learners Definition of tectonic

geology : of or relating to changes in the structure of the Earth's surface

: having a large and important effect

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