hypabyssal
adjective Etymology: International Scientific Vocabulary Date: 1895 of or relating to a fine-grained igneous rock usually formed at a moderate distance below the surface • hypabyssally adverb

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  • hypabyssal — [hip΄ə bis′əl] adj. [ HYP(O) + ABYSSAL] Geol. designating or of igneous rocks solidified at moderate depths, generally as sills or dikes …   English World dictionary

  • hypabyssal — /hip euh bis euhl, huy peuh /, adj. Geol. 1. (of an igneous rock) intermediate in texture between coarse grained intrusive rocks and fine grained extrusive rocks. 2. noting any of various minor intrusions, as dikes and sills, that have… …   Universalium

  • hypabyssal — adjective (of rock) that solidifies, as a minor intrusion, before reaching the Earths surface …   Wiktionary

  • hypabyssal — hyp·abyssal …   English syllables

  • hypabyssal — hyp•a•byss•al [[t]ˌhɪp əˈbɪs əl, ˌhaɪ pə [/t]] adj. gel of or pertaining to any of various minor intrusions of igneous rock, as dikes and sills, that have crystallized at a moderate depth below the surface • Etymology: 1890–95 …   From formal English to slang

  • hypabyssal — /haɪpəˈbɪsəl/ (say huypuh bisuhl) adjective Geology 1. of or relating to minor intrusions such as sills and dykes, and to the rocks in such intrusions which have crystallised under conditions intermediate between the plutonic and extrusive… …   Australian English dictionary

  • hypabyssal — |hip+ adjective Etymology: International Scientific Vocabulary hypo + abyssal; originally formed as German hypabyssisch : of or relating to a fine grained igneous rock intermediate in texture between the plutonites and extrusive rocks and usually …   Useful english dictionary

  • Igneous rock — Geologic provinces of the world (USGS)   Shield …   Wikipedia

  • igneous rock — Any of various crystalline or glassy, noncrystalline rocks formed by the cooling and solidification of molten earth material (magma). Igneous rocks comprise one of the three principal classes of rocks, the others being metamorphic and sedimentary …   Universalium

  • hypabyssally — adverb see hypabyssal …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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