noun, (used with a singular verb)
the science or art of assembling, shaping, or ornamenting materials in construction; the constructive arts in general.
noun (functioning as sing)
the art and science of construction or building
the study of the processes by which the earth’s crust has attained its present structure See also plate tectonics
The branch of geology that deals with the broad structural and deformational features of the outer part of the Earth, their origins, and the relationships between them. See more at plate tectonics.
noun, Geology. 1. diastrophism (def 1).
noun, plural tectums, tecta [tek-tuh] /ˈtɛk tə/ (Show IPA). Anatomy, Zoology. 1. a rooflike structure. tectorial tec·to·ri·al (těk-tôr’ē-əl) adj. Of, relating to, or characteristic of a tectorium. tectum tec·tum (těk’təm) n. pl. tec·ta (-tə) A rooflike structure of the body, especially the dorsal part of the mesencephalon. tec’tal (-təl) adj.
- Tectorial membrane
/tɛkˈtɔːrɪəl/ noun 1. the membrane in the inner ear that covers the organ of Corti
- Tectorial membrane of cochlear duct
tectorial membrane of cochlear duct n. A gelatinous membrane that overlies the spiral organ in the inner ear. Also called Corti’s membrane, tectorium.