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[jee-oh-sin-klahyn] /ˌdʒi oʊˈsɪn klaɪn/

noun, Geology.
a portion of the earth’s crust subjected to downward warping during a large span of geologic time; a geosynclinal fold.
a broad elongated depression in the earth’s crust containing great thicknesses of sediment

1895, back-formation from geosynclinal (1873); see geo- + synclinal.
A usually elongate, basinlike depression along the edge of a continent, in which a thick sequence of sediments and volcanic deposits has accumulated.


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