tectonism

noun

tec·​to·​nism ˈtek-tə-ˌni-zəm How to pronounce tectonism (audio)
: the process of deformation that produces in the earth's crust its continents and ocean basins, plateaus and mountains, folds of strata, and faults

called also diastrophism

Word History

Etymology

tecton(ic) + -ism

First Known Use

1948, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tectonism was in 1948

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“Tectonism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tectonism. Accessed 5 Dec. 2022.

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tectonism

noun

tec·​to·​nism ˈtek-tə-ˌniz-əm How to pronounce tectonism (audio)
: the process of deformation that produces the earth's continents, ocean basins, mountains, folds, and faults

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