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 Dictionary entry overview: What does tectonic mean? 

TECTONIC (adjective)
  The adjective TECTONIC has 2 senses:

1. pertaining to the structure or movement of the earth's crust
2. of or pertaining to construction or architecture

  Familiarity information: TECTONIC used as an adjective is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

TECTONIC (adjective)

Sense 1tectonic [BACK TO TOP]


Pertaining to the structure or movement of the earth's crust

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Context examples:

tectonic plates / tectonic valleys

Domain category:

geology (a science that deals with the history of the earth as recorded in rocks)


tectonics (the branch of geology studying the folding and faulting of the earth's crust)

Sense 2tectonic [BACK TO TOP]


Of or pertaining to construction or architecture

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)


architectonic; tectonic


tectonics (the science of architecture)

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