Etymology
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tectonics (n.)

1899 in the geological sense, from tectonic (also see -ics); earlier it meant "building or constructive arts in general" (1850).

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Definitions of tectonics

tectonics (n.)
the science of architecture;
Synonyms: architectonics
tectonics (n.)
the branch of geology studying the folding and faulting of the earth's crust;
Synonyms: plate tectonics / plate tectonic theory
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