• WordNet 3.6
    • n tectonics the branch of geology studying the folding and faulting of the earth's crust
    • n tectonics the science of architecture
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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.
    • Tectonics (Geol. & Phys. Geog) the branch of geology concerned with the rock structures and external forms resulting from the deformation of the earth's crust; also, similar studies of other planets. Also called structural geology.
    • Tectonics The science, or the art, by which implements, vessels, dwellings, or other edifices, are constructed, both agreeably to the end for which they are designed, and in conformity with artistic sentiments and ideas.
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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.)
    • tectonics Building, or any assembling of materials in construction, considered as an art: sometimes restricted to the shaping and ornamentation of furniture, cups, and weapons, including the different processes of inlaying, embossing, application, casting, soldering, etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n.sing., pl Tectonics building as an art: the shaping and ornamentation of furniture, weapons, &c
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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

In news:

Family tectonics shift in fourth 'Ice Age.
Not so in Cloud Tectonics , a 75-minute 1995 Jose Rivera script that Transit Five Productions is premiering locally at Xavier University studio theater.
Investments in public health, prevention mark 'tectonic shift' in approach to health.
The study is believed to be the first-ever quantification of earthquake and tsunami effects on sandy beach ecosystems along a tectonically active coastal zone.
According to the Romanian National Institute for Earth Physics, three regional tectonic plates meet at Vrancea County in the centre of the country, a rare alignment that almost guarantees powerful earthquakes .
And the coastal infrastructure is still prone to subsequent earthquakes , with tectonic plates off the northeastern coast still potentially under strain.
The most famous of the " faults " that are responsible for California's earthquakes is the San Andreas—which, from the perspective of plate tectonics, is not just any fault but the boundary between two great plates.
"Tectonics, Earthquakes, and the EarthScope Project in North America's Interior".
Ten years after the brutal death of gay University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard, five members of Tectonic Theater Project returned to Laramie to try to understand the long-term effect of the murder.
More than two dozen community players will stage "The Laramie Project," Moises Kaufman and the Tectonic Theatre Project's documentary drama about the beating death of a gay college student in Laramie , Wyo.
Based on the interviews of the Tectonic Theatre, we see how the citizens of Laramie , Wyo.
Any New Yorker who's asked about potential buyers' interest in his tectonically enormous real estate is likely to exaggerate a bit.
You Try It: Plate Tectonics.
Here's a great interactive from PBS' A Science Odyssey that lets you manipulate tectonic plates.
The tectonic plates of Texas politics are once again in motion, an early sign of earthquakes to come.

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
Since the mid-1960s, the plate tectonic theory has been rigorously and successfully tested.
On the Quantum Aspects of Geophysics
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