plate-tectonic
adjective see plate tectonics

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  • plate-tectonic — See plate tectonics. * * * …   Universalium

  • plate-tectonic — adjective see plate tectonics …   Useful english dictionary

  • plate tectonic theory — noun the branch of geology studying the folding and faulting of the earth s crust • Syn: ↑tectonics, ↑plate tectonics • Members of this Topic: ↑Pangaea, ↑Pangea • Hypernyms: ↑morphology, ↑ge …   Useful english dictionary

  • plate tectonics — plate tectonic, adj. Geol. a theory of global tectonics in which the lithosphere is divided into a number of crustal plates, each of which moves on the plastic asthenosphere more or less independently to collide with, slide under, or move past… …   Universalium

  • Plate tectonics — The tectonic plates of the world were mapped in the second half of the 20th century …   Wikipedia

  • plate tectonics — noun plural but singular in construction Date: 1969 1. a theory in geology: the lithosphere of the earth is divided into a small number of plates which float on and travel independently over the mantle and much of the earth s seismic activity… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • plate tectonics — noun the branch of geology studying the folding and faulting of the earth s crust • Syn: ↑tectonics, ↑plate tectonic theory • Members of this Topic: ↑Pangaea, ↑Pangea • Hypernyms: ↑morphology, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • tectonic plate — noun (geology) One of several rigid plates forming the earth s crust, continually shifting slightly in relation one to another • • • Main Entry: ↑tectonic …   Useful english dictionary

  • Plate — may refer to: * Plate (dishware) * Plate (structures), a type of foundation * A flat piece of metal used in orthopedics to connect the two parts of a broken bone, such as a dynamic compression plate * Plate armor, body armor made of metal plates… …   Wikipedia

  • plate tectonics — plate tectonics, n. (Geol.) A geological theory which holds that the crust of the earth (the lithosphere) is divided into a small number of large separate plates which float and move slowly around on the more plastic asthenosphere, breaking apart …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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