1650s, in sense of building, from Late Latin tectonicus, from Old Greek τεκτονικός, from Old Greek τέκτων, from Proto-Indo-European *tek- (from which also texture). Adjective

tectonic (not comparable)

  1. Of or relating to construction or to architecture
  2. (biology) Structural
  3. (geology) Of, relating to, or caused by large-scale movements of the Earth's lithosphere
  4. (figurative) momentous, utter, vast
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