- 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 tekt&omacron;n, 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").