Adjective "tectonic" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Relating to the structure of the earth's crust and the large-scale processes which take place within it.
  1. 'areas of tectonic activity'
  2. 'This area is a good example of the interplay of tectonic and magmatic processes.'
  3. 'In this paper, we discuss the tectonic settings and magmatic processes which allow these magmas to reach the surface.'
  4. 'the last decade has witnessed a tectonic shift in world affairs'
  5. 'But its roots go much deeper, to a tectonic change in the country's political-economic demographics.'
  6. 'For those who can sense the movement of ideological tectonic plates, this book represents the beginning of a seismic shift.'
  7. 'Sengor, in particular, advocated superposition of a regime associated with tectonic escape.'
  8. 'The tectonic plates are shifting under Scotland's opposition parties.'
  9. 'You find a great tectonic confidence in NGP's handling of such work Buildings change, uses change, technologies change, yet the past holds important lessons.'
  10. 'There's been a tectonic shift in public thinking.'
  11. 'For Sharon, so long the patron of the settlement project, to utter these words is a tectonic shift.'
Relating to building or construction.
  1. 'A truly tectonic architecture will therefore be naturally identified with its surroundings through its choice of materials and forms responding to availability and climactic conditions.'
  2. 'But despite relative economy of means, the building has bold tectonic presence.'
  3. 'The house has a tectonic simplicity and an ephemeral beauty, being as light in its mass as it is in ambience.'


1. of or relating to building or construction; constructive; architectural.

2. Geology. 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: tectonic valleys.

More examples(as adjective)

"plates can be tectonic."

"styles can be tectonic."

"activities can be tectonic."

"situations can be tectonic."

"processes can be tectonic."

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Mid 17th century (in tectonic (sense 2)): via late Latin from Greek tektonikos, from tektōn ‘carpenter, builder’.