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Line breaks: down|fold
Pronunciation: /ˈdaʊnfəʊld

Definition of downfold in English:


A syncline.
Example sentences
  • His concept of a great downfold or depression filling with sediment at the edge of a continent and then isostatically uplifted to produce the Appalachian fold ranges, was the first suggestion of an Appalachian geosyncline.
  • Beyond the almost level floor of this downfold, the chalk strata rise once more in a line of very sharp flexure, running west and east through South Dorset into the Isle of Purbeck, and through the Isle of Wight.

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