of or relating to building or construction; constructive; architectural.
pertaining to the structure of the earth’s crust.
referring to the forces or conditions within the earth that cause movements of the crust.
designating the results of such movements:
denoting or relating to construction or building
(of landforms, rock masses, etc) resulting from distortion of the earth’s crust due to forces within it
(of processes, movements, etc) occurring within the earth’s crust and causing structural deformation
Relating to the forces involved in plate tectonics or the structural features resulting from them.
- Tectonic boundary
tectonic boundary In the theory of plate tectonics, a boundary between two or more plates. The plates can be moving toward each other (at convergent plate boundaries), away from each other (at divergent plate boundaries), or past each other (at transform faults). Maps of seismic and volcanic activity across the Earth indicate that most earthquakes […]
- Tectonic keratoplasty
tectonic keratoplasty tec·ton·ic keratoplasty (těk-tŏn’ĭk) n. The surgical grafting of corneal material in an area where corneal tissue has been lost.
- Tectonic plate
noun the two sub-layers of the earth’s crust (lithosphere) that move, float, and sometimes fracture and whose interaction causes continental drift, earthquakes, volcanoes, mountains, and oceanic trenches
- Tectonic plates
tectonic plates [(tek-ton-ik)] The dozen or so plates that make up the surface of the Earth. Their motion is studied in the field of plate tectonics. Note: The plates are not the same as the continents. The North American plate, for example, extends from the middle of the Atlantic Ocean to the west coast of […]