tectonics

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noun, plural in form but singular or plural in construction tec·ton·ics \tek-ˈtä-niks\

Definition of tectonics

  1. 1 :  geological structural features as a whole

  2. 2a :  a branch of geology concerned with the structure of the crust of a planet (such as the earth) or moon and especially with the formation of folds and faults in itb :  tectonism

1899

First Known Use of tectonics

1899


TECTONICS Defined for English Language Learners

tectonics

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noun, plural in form but singular or plural in construction tec·ton·ics \tek-ˈtä-niks\

Definition of tectonics for English Language Learners

  • geology : the structure of the Earth's surface and the ways in which it changes shape over time


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