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[an-ti-klahyn] /ˈæn tɪˌklaɪn/
noun, Geology
an anticlinal rock structure.
Origin of anticline
1860-65; back formation from anticlinal Unabridged
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a formation of stratified rock raised up, by folding, into a broad arch so that the strata slope down on both sides from a common crest Compare syncline
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Word Origin and History for anticline

1867, earlier anticlinal (1849, by ellipsis from anticlinal fold), from anti- "against" + Greek klinein "to lean, slope" (see lean (v.)). Form assimilated to incline.

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anticline in Science

A fold of rock layers that slope downward on both sides of a common crest. Anticlines form when rocks are compressed by plate-tectonic forces. They can be as small as a hill or as large as a mountain range. Compare syncline.
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