inclining in opposite directions from a central axis.

inclining downward on both sides from a median line or axis, as a fold of rock strata.
pertaining to such a fold.

Historical Examples

A natural arch of anticlinal stratification occurs at Talerddig, with every appearance of being built of masonry.
The Motor Routes of England Gordon Home

anticlinal, an-ti-klīn′al, adj. sloping in opposite directions.
Chambers’s Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 1 of 4: A-D) Various

We shall notice, however, that the Island rivers start from south of the anticlinal axis.
The Geological Story of the Isle of Wight J. Cecil Hughes

Data are insufficient, however, to indicate the extent to which the anticlinal areas are really areas of maximum shearing.
The Economic Aspect of Geology C. K. Leith

The hills are formed by a short, broad, anticlinal fold, which is flat or nearly so on its summit.
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Slice 1 Various

The crest of the Ochils coincides, therefore, more or less closely, with an anticlinal arch or fold of the strata.
Fragments of Earth Lore James Geikie

Nearly the whole of our English Eocene strata lies in these two basins, having been denuded away from the anticlinal arches.
The Geological Story of the Isle of Wight J. Cecil Hughes

Synclinal strata therefore endure, while anticlinal strata are worn more readily away.
Fragments of Earth Lore James Geikie

The anticlinal axis runs approximately north-west and south-east, and is thus roughly parallel to the earthquake-fault.
A Study of Recent Earthquakes Charles Davison

The anticlinal fault of Charnwood Forest dates from a pre-carboniferous period.
A Study of Recent Earthquakes Charles Davison

of, relating to, or resembling an anticline
(botany) of or relating to the plane at right angles to the surface of an organ

anticlinal an·ti·cli·nal (ān’tē-klī’nəl, ān’tī-)
Inclined in opposite directions, as two sides of a pyramid.


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