from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Geology Relating to, causing, or resulting from structural deformation of the earth's crust.
- adj. Relating to construction or building.
- adj. Architectural.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. of or relating to construction or to architecture
- adj. of, relating to, or caused by large-scale movements of the Earth's lithosphere
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Of or pertaining to building or construction; architectural.
- adj. Structural.
- adj. Of, pert. to, or designating, the rock structures and external forms resulting from the deformation of the earth's crust.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In geology, relating to structure; structural: as, tectonic geology (structural geology); tectonic valleys, valleys due to geologic structure rather than to erosion.
- Of or pertaining to building or construction.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. pertaining to the structure or movement of the earth's crust
- adj. of or pertaining to construction or architecture
Late Latin tectonicus, from Greek tektonikos, from tektōn, builder; see teks- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
1650s, in sense of building, from Late Latin tectonicus, from Ancient Greek pertaining to building (tektonikos), from Ancient Greek τέκτων (tekton, "carpenter, joiner, maker"), from Proto-Indo-European *tek- (“to make”) (from which also texture). In sense of geology, attested 1894. Surface analysis is τέκτων (tekton) + -ic (“pertaining to”). (Wiktionary)