Tectonic meaning

tĕk-tŏnĭk
The definition of tectonic is related to building, or related to the movement of the crust of the earth.

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.

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Of or having to do with building; constructional.
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Architectural.
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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.
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Relating to the forces involved in plate tectonics or the structural features resulting from them.
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Of or relating to construction or to architecture.
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(geology) Of, relating to, or caused by large-scale movements of the Earth's lithosphere.
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Origin of tectonic

  • Late Latin tectonicus from Greek tektonikos from tektōn builder teks- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 1650s, in sense of building, from Late Latin tectonicus, from Ancient Greek τεκτονικός (tektonikos, “pertaining to building"), from Ancient Greek τέκτων (tekton, “carpenter, joiner, maker"), from Proto-Indo-European *tek- (“to make") (from which also texture). In sense of geology, attested 1894. Surface analysis is τέκτων (tekton) +"Ž -ic (“pertaining to").

    From Wiktionary