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tectonic

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EtymologyEdit

1650s, in sense of building, from Late Latin tectonicus, from Ancient Greek τεκτονικός (tektonikós, pertaining to building), from Ancient Greek τέκτων (téktōn, carpenter, joiner, maker), from Proto-Indo-European *tek- (to make) (from which also texture). In sense of geology, attested 1894.[1] Surface analysis is τέκτων (téktōn) +‎ -ic (pertaining to).

AdjectiveEdit

tectonic (not comparable)

  1. of or relating to construction or to architecture
  2. (geology) of, relating to, or caused by large-scale movements of the Earth's lithosphere

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ tectonic” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).