anticline

anticline
noun Date: circa 1861 an arch of stratified rock in which the layers bend downward in opposite directions from the crest — compare syncline

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  • Anticline — An ti*cline, n. [See {Anticlinal}.] (Geol.) A structure of bedded rocks in which the beds on both sides of an axis or axial plane dip away from the axis; an anticlinal. Contrassted with {syncline}. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] || …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • anticline — (n.) 1867, earlier anticlinal (1849, by ellipsis from anticlinal fold), from ANTI (Cf. anti ) against + Gk. klinein to lean, slope (see LEAN (Cf. lean) (v.)). Form assimilated to INCLINE (Cf. incline) …   Etymology dictionary

  • anticline — [an′ti klīn΄] n. [< ANTICLINAL, modeled on INCLINE, DECLINE] Geol. a sharply arched fold of stratified rock from whose central axis the strata slope downward in opposite directions: opposed to SYNCLINE: See SYNCLINE …   English World dictionary

  • Anticline — In structural geology, an anticline is a fold that is convex up and has its oldest beds at its core. The term is not to be confused with antiform , which is a purely descriptive term for any fold that is convex up. Therefore if age relationships… …   Wikipedia

  • anticline —     a) [ landform ]    A unit of folded strata that is convex upward and whose core contains the stratigraphically oldest rocks, and occurs at the earth’s surface. In a single anticline, beds forming the opposing limbs of the fold dip away from… …   Glossary of landform and geologic terms

  • anticline — /an ti kluyn /, n. Geol. an anticlinal rock structure. [1860 65; back formation from ANTICLINAL] * * * …   Universalium

  • anticline — noun A fold with strata sloping downwards on each side …   Wiktionary

  • anticline —    Upfolded stratum [16] …   Lexicon of Cave and Karst Terminology

  • anticline — n. rock structure which descends downward on either side of a central axis (Geology) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • anticline — [ antɪklʌɪn] noun Geology a ridge or fold of stratified rock in which the strata slope downwards from the crest. Compare with syncline. Derivatives anticlinal adjective Origin C19: from anti + Gk klinein lean , on the pattern of incline …   English new terms dictionary

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