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.
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").