diastrophism
noun Etymology: Greek diastrophē twisting, from diastrephein to distort, from dia- + strephein to twist Date: 1890 tectonismdiastrophic adjectivediastrophically adverb

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  • Diastrophism — refers to deformation of the Earth s crust, and more especially to folding and faulting. Diastrophism can be considered part of geotectonics. Diastrophism comes from the Greek word meaning a twisting.[1][2] All processes that move, elevate or… …   Wikipedia

  • diastrophism — [dī as′trə fiz΄əm] n. [< Gr diastrophē, distortion < diastrephein, to turn aside, distort < dia , aside + strephein, to turn (see STROPHE) + ISM] 1. the process by which the earth s surface is reshaped through rock movements and… …   English World 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

  • diastrophism — noun The deformation of the Earths crust to form the continents, mountains and other large features …   Wiktionary

  • diastrophism — Distortion that occurs in objects as a result of bending. [G. diastrophe, fr. diastrephein, distortion] …   Medical dictionary

  • diastrophism —   movements producing positional changes in the crust. Orogenic changes are large scale folding and faulting processes which lead to landforms such as fold mountains. Epeirogenic changes are more gentle processes of uplift …   Geography glossary

  • diastrophism — n. process through which the earth s crust changes, formation of land and mountains (Geology) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • diastrophism — di·as·tro·phism …   English syllables

  • diastrophism — di•as•tro•phism [[t]daɪˈæs trəˌfɪz əm[/t]] n. gel the action of the forces that cause the earth s crust to be deformed, producing continents, mountains, etc • Etymology: 1880–85; < Gk diastroph(ḗ) a distortion (n. der. of diastréphein to… …   From formal English to slang

  • diastrophism — /daɪˈæstrəˌfɪzəm/ (say duy astruh.fizuhm) noun 1. the action of the forces which cause the earth s crust to be deformed, producing continents, mountains, changes of level, etc. 2. any such deformation. {Greek diastrophē distortion + ism}… …   Australian English dictionary

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