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The process of deformation by which the major features of the earth's crust, including continents, mountains, ocean beds, folds, and faults, are formed.

[From Greek diastrophē, distortion, from diastrephein, to distort : dia-, apart; see dia- + strephein, to twist; see streb(h)- in Indo-European roots.]

di′a·stroph′ic (dī′ə-strŏf′ĭk, -strō′fĭk) adj.
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(Geological Science) the process of movement and deformation of the earth's crust that gives rise to large-scale features such as continents, ocean basins, and mountains. Also called: tectonism See also orogeny, epeirogeny
[C19: from Greek diastrophē a twisting; see dia-, strophe]
diastrophic adj
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(daɪˈæs trəˌfɪz əm)

the action of the forces that cause the earth's crust to be deformed, producing continents, mountains, etc.
[1880–85; < Greek diastroph(ḗ) a distortion (n. derivative of diastréphein to distort; see dia-, strophe) + -ism]
di`a•stroph′ic (-əˈstrɒf ɪk, -ˈstroʊ fɪk) adj.
di`a•stroph′i•cal•ly, adv.
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the process of movement that causes the earth’s crust to form continents, mountains, etc. — diastrophic, adj.
See also: Geology
the process of movement that causes the earth’s crust to form continents, mountains, oceans, etc. — diastrophe, n. — diastrophic, adj.
See also: Earth
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Noun1.diastrophism - the process of deformation that produces continents and ocean basins in the earth's crust
geologic process, geological process - (geology) a natural process whereby geological features are modified
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Meanwhile, comparative analysis on specimens of 12 h, 24 h, 36 h, and 48 h shows that no segregation or diastrophism appears in layered surface of the destructive specimens and the specimens are integrated overall, which is obviously different from specimens under different filling times.