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tectonic rift where the North American Plate is pulling away from the Eurasian Plate
Thingvellir, Iceland


1. 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.

[Late Latin tectonicus, from Greek tektonikos, from tektōn, builder; see teks- in Indo-European roots.]

tec·ton′i·cal·ly adv.


1. (Building) denoting or relating to construction or building
2. (Geological Science) geology
a. (of landforms, rock masses, etc) resulting from distortion of the earth's crust due to forces within it
b. (of processes, movements, etc) occurring within the earth's crust and causing structural deformation
[C17: from Late Latin tectonicus, from Greek tektonikos belonging to carpentry, from tektōn a builder]
tecˈtonically adv


(tɛkˈtɒn ɪk)

1. pertaining to building or construction.
2. pertaining to the structure of the earth's crust.
[1650–60; < Late Latin tectonicus < Greek tektonikós pertaining to construction =tekton-, s. of téktōn carpenter + -ikos -ic]
tec•ton′i•cal•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.tectonic - pertaining to the structure or movement of the earth's crust; "tectonic plates"; "tectonic valleys"
geology - a science that deals with the history of the earth as recorded in rocks
2.tectonic - of or pertaining to construction or architecturetectonic - of or pertaining to construction or architecture


[tekˈtɒnɪk] ADJtectónico
tectonic movementmovimiento m tectónico
tectonic plateplaca f tectónica


[tɛkˈtɒnɪk] adjtectonique
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