- An example of something tectonic is morpho-tectonic architecture.
- An example of something tectonic are tectonic plates, the parts of the earth's crust that move and cause earthquakes.
- of or having to do with building; constructional
- designating, of, or pertaining to changes in the structure of the earth's crust, the forces responsible for such deformation, or the external forms produced
Origin of tectonicLate Latin tectonicus from Classical Greek tektonikos from tekt?n, carpenter, builder: see technic
- Geology a. Relating to or resulting from the forces that create the structural and deformational features of the earth's lithosphere, especially its continents, oceans, and mountains.b. Of or relating to a tectonic plate or plates.
- a. Relating to construction or building.b. Architectural.
Origin of tectonicLate Latin tectonicus from Greek tektonikos from tektōn builder ; see teks- in Indo-European roots.
tectonic rift where the North American Plate is pulling away from the Eurasian Plate
1650s, in sense of building, from Late Latin tectonicus, from Ancient Greek Ï„ÎµÎºÏ„Î¿Î½Î¹ÎºÏŒÏ‚ (tektonikos, “pertaining to building"), from Ancient Greek Ï„ÎÎºÏ„Ï‰Î½ (tekton, “carpenter, joiner, maker"), from Proto-Indo-European *tek- (“to make") (from which also texture). In sense of geology, attested 1894. Surface analysis is Ï„ÎÎºÏ„Ï‰Î½ (tekton) +"Ž -ic (“pertaining to").