geosyncline
noun Date: 1895 a great downward flexure of the earth's crust • geosynclinal adjective

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  • geosyncline — 1895, back formation from geosynclinal (1873); see GEO (Cf. geo ) + SYNCLINAL (Cf. synclinal) …   Etymology dictionary

  • geosyncline — [jē΄ōsin′klīn΄] n. [ GEO + SYNCLINE] a very large, troughlike depression in the earth s surface containing masses of sedimentary and volcanic rocks …   English World dictionary

  • geosyncline — /jee oh sin kluyn/, n. Geol. a portion of the earth s crust subjected to downward warping during a large span of geologic time; a geosynclinal fold. [1890 95; GEO + SYNCLINE] * * * I Linear trough of subsidence of the Earth s crust, in which vast …   Universalium

  • Geosyncline — In geology, geosyncline is a term still occasionally used for a subsiding linear trough that was caused by the accumulation of sedimentary rock strata deposited in a basin and subsequently compressed, deformed, and uplifted into a mountain range …   Wikipedia

  • geosyncline — noun A large, linear depression in the Earths crust in which sediment accumulates …   Wiktionary

  • geosyncline — n. downward curve of the Earth s surface (Geology) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • geosyncline — geo·syncline …   English syllables

  • geosyncline — ge•o•syn•cline [[t]ˌdʒi oʊˈsɪn klaɪn[/t]] n. gel a portion of the earth s crust subjected to downward warping during a large span of geologic time • Etymology: 1890–95 ge o•syn•cli′nal, adj …   From formal English to slang

  • geosyncline — /dʒioʊˈsɪnklaɪn/ (say jeeoh sinkluyn) noun a portion of the earth s crust subsiding for a long time, prevalently linear and usually containing great thicknesses of sedimentary and volcanic rocks …   Australian English dictionary

  • geosyncline — …   Useful english dictionary

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