a process of deformation or metamorphism in which the grains of a rock are fractured and rotated.
noun (pl) -ses (-siːz)
(geology) the deformation of rocks by crushing and shearing
adjective (of streams, valleys, etc) running in the direction of the dip of the surrounding rock strata
any violent upheaval, especially one of a social or political nature. Physical Geography. a sudden and violent physical action producing changes in the earth’s surface. an extensive flood; deluge. Contemporary Examples The poet remains coolly detached: a circumspect observer in the face of cataclysm. Catastrophe in Verse Eliza Griswold April 20, 2011 In the cataclysm […]
of, relating to, or resulting from a cataclysm. of the nature of, or having the effect of, a cataclysm: cataclysmic changes. Historical Examples “I’m ———,” said Sir John Gotch, meditating some cataclysmal expletive. The Wonderful Visit Herbert George Wells It is, in fact, nothing but one cataclysmal bang and shriek of shells and shrapnel. A […]
of, relating to, or resulting from a cataclysm. of the nature of, or having the effect of, a cataclysm: cataclysmic changes. Contemporary Examples Some writers have greeted the cataclysmic rise of Twitter with alarm. Unconsidered Trifles: Found Comedy in the Age of Social Media Tom Doran March 29, 2013 But compared to U.S. politics, Canadian […]