from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Equilibrium in the earth's crust such that the forces tending to elevate landmasses balance the forces tending to depress landmasses.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The state of balance or pressure equilibrium thought to exist within the Earth's crust, whereby the upper lithosphere floats on denser magma beneath.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The state or quality of being isostatic.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In physical, balance or equilibrium; the property of attaining a condition of stable equilibrium when under the action of permanent stress.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (geology) a general equilibrium of the forces tending to elevate or depress the earth's crust


iso- + Greek stasis, a standstill; see stā- in Indo-European roots + -y2.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From iso- + Ancient Greek στάσις. (Wiktionary)



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