tectonic

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adjective tec·ton·ic \tek-ˈtä-nik\

Definition of tectonic

  1. 1 :  of or relating to tectonics

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

tectonically

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Examples of tectonic in a Sentence

  1. There has been a recent tectonic shift in voting patterns.

  2. a tectonic shift in societal trends occurred in the 1960s

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Origin and Etymology of tectonic

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


First Known Use: 1894


TECTONIC Defined for English Language Learners

tectonic

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adjective tec·ton·ic \tek-ˈtä-nik\

Definition of tectonic for English Language Learners

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

  • : having a large and important effect



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