adverb see diastrophism

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • diastrophism — noun Etymology: Greek diastrophē twisting, from diastrephein to distort, from dia + strephein to twist Date: 1890 tectonism • diastrophic adjective • diastrophically adverb …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • diastrophism — diastrophic /duy euh strof ik, stroh fik/, adj. diastrophically, adv. /duy as treuh fiz euhm/, n. Geol. 1. Also called tectonism. the action of the forces that cause the earth s crust to be deformed, producing continents, mountains, changes of… …   Universalium

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