tectonism

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noun tec·to·nism \ˈtek-tə-ˌni-zəm\

Definition of tectonism

  1. :  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

Origin and Etymology of tectonism

International Scientific Vocabulary


First Known Use: 1948


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