Definition of isoclinal in English:


Syllabification: i·so·cli·nal
Pronunciation: /ˌīsəˈklīnl


  • Denoting a fold of strata so acute that the two limbs are parallel.
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    • Large tight or isoclinal folds with limbs several tens of metres long occur locally.
    • However, quarry outcrops of mainly white halitic mylonites display isoclinal folds that suggest a more impressive past.
    • These isoclinal folds deform ‘early’ domains which record a pre-Main Central Thrust compositional banding.


mid 19th century (denoting 'equal magnetic inclination'): from iso- 'equal' + Greek klinein 'to lean, slope' + -al.

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