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subduction

[suh b-duhk-shuh n] /səbˈdʌk ʃən/
noun
1.
an act or instance of subducting; subtraction or withdrawal.
2.
Geology. the process by which collision of the earth's crustal plates results in one plate's being drawn down or overridden by another, localized along the juncture (subduction zone) of two plates.
Origin
1570-1580
1570-80; < Latin subductiōn-, stem of subductiō pulling up, computation; see subduct, -ion
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subduction

/səbˈdʌkʃən/
noun
1.
the act of subducting, esp of turning the eye downwards
2.
(geology) the process of one tectonic plate sliding under another, resulting in tensions and faulting in the earth's crust, with earthquakes and volcanic eruptions
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Word Origin and History for subduction-zone

subduction

n.

early 15c., "withdrawal, removal" (originally of noxious substances from the body), from Latin subductionem (nominative subductio), noun of action from past participle stem of subducere (see subduce). Geological sense is attested from 1970, from French (1951).

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subduction
  (səb-dŭk'shən)   
A geologic process in which one edge of one lithospheric plate is forced below the edge of another. The denser of the two plates sinks beneath the other. As it descends, the plate often generates seismic and volcanic activity (from melting and upward migration of magma) in the overriding plate. Compare obduction.

subduct verb
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