tectonic

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj tectonic of or pertaining to construction or architecture
    • adj tectonic pertaining to the structure or movement of the earth's crust "tectonic plates","tectonic valleys"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Each unit on the Richter Scale is equivalent to a power factor of about 32. So a 6 is 32 times more powerful than a 5! Though it goes to 10, 9 is estimated to be the point of total tectonic destruction. 2 is the smallest that can be felt unaided.
    • Tectonic Of or pertaining to building or construction; architectural.
    • Tectonic (Geol. & Phys. Geog) Of, pert. to, or designating, the rock structures and external forms resulting from the deformation of the earth's crust; as, tectonic arches or valleys; tectonic plates.
    • Tectonic (Biol) Structural.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Though it goes to 10, 9 is estimated to be the point of total tectonic destruction from an earthquake (2 is the smallest that can be felt unaided.)
    • tectonic In geology, relating to structure; structural: as, tectonic geology (structural geology); tectonic valleys, valleys due to geologic structure rather than to erosion.
    • tectonic Of or pertaining to building or construction.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Tectonic tek-ton′ik pertaining to building
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. tectonicus, Gr. , fr. , , a carpenter, builder
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. tektōn, a builder.

Usage

In literature:

Lastly from Central America to the Mediterranean stretches one of the Tertiary tectonic lines of the geologists.
"Darwin and Modern Science" by A.C. Seward and Others
The character of these tectonic activities has differed widely in different parts of the cordillera.
"The Red Man's Continent" by Ellsworth Huntington
A crossroads of fault lines, a confluence of tectonic clashes - the Balkan always obliged.
"After the Rain" by Sam Vaknin
An important tectonic principle underlies the development of the phenomena we have just been reviewing.
"The Birth-Time of the World and Other Scientific Essays" by J. (John) Joly
Tectonic History of Mexico.
"Neotropical Hylid Frogs, Genus Smilisca" by William E. Duellman
In the tectonic structure of Asia the Kuen-lun forms, as it were, the backbone of the continent.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 15, Slice 8" by Various
General A. Tillo has shown that neither geologically nor tectonically can "spurs of the Carpathians" penetrate into Kiev.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 15, Slice 7" by Various
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In news:

Scientists call the Bay Area a tectonic time bomb.
Elimination of handset subsidies would represent tectonic shift.
Tectonic Shift Coming in Course Pricing.
A tectonic shift in oil supply.
Tectonic Shift Coming in Course Pricing.
Japan earthquake and other tectonic surprises challenge scientific assumptions.
A Tectonic Shift in Power.
Mobility / A Tectonic Shift in Power.
Tectonic shift coming for biz.
Tectonic Shifts on Capitol Hill.
" Tectonics , Earthquakes, and the EarthScope Project in North America's Interior".
Environmental Tectonics receives $6 million contract By Crissa Shoemaker DeBree Staff writer PhillyBurbs.com.
Family tectonics shift in fourth 'Ice Age.
Investments in public health, prevention mark 'tectonic shift' in approach to health.
"Tectonics, Earthquakes, and the EarthScope Project in North America's Interior".
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In science:

These are the continental geography, sea level, atmospheric composition, and volcanic, tectonic and even biological activity.
The Spiral Structure of the Milky Way, Cosmic Rays, and Ice Age Epochs on Earth
They are created by tectonic plates pushing against each other.
On the Quantum Aspects of Geophysics
Finally, rocky material can release volatiles to the GJ 1214b gas layer via outgassing during formation (Elkins-Tanton & Seager 2008; Schaefer & Fegley 2009b) and tectonic activity after formation (Kite et al. 2009).
Three Possible Origins for the Gas Layer on GJ 1214b
In the absence of accreted ices and gas, the planetary gas envelope must originate by outgassing during formation or tectonic activity.
Three Possible Origins for the Gas Layer on GJ 1214b
Lower rates of volcanism are predicted for planets 3-10 Gyr old that are not tectonically active.
Three Possible Origins for the Gas Layer on GJ 1214b
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