anticline








noun Geology.

  1. an anticlinal rock structure.

noun

  1. a formation of stratified rock raised up, by folding, into a broad arch so that the strata slope down on both sides from a common crestCompare syncline
n.

1867, earlier anticlinal (1849, by ellipsis from anticlinal fold), from anti- “against” + Greek klinein “to lean, slope” (see lean (v.)). Form assimilated to incline.

  1. A fold of rock layers that slope downward on both sides of a common crest. Anticlines form when rocks are compressed by plate-tectonic forces. They can be as small as a hill or as large as a mountain range. Compare syncline.

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