Definition of Lithosphere

1. Noun. The solid part of the earth consisting of the crust and outer mantle.

Exact synonyms: Geosphere
Generic synonyms: Layer
Terms within: Crust, Earth's Crust, Mantle, Earth's Surface, Surface
Group relationships: Earth, Globe, World



Definition of Lithosphere

1. n. The solid earth as distinguished from its fluid envelopes, the hydrosphere and atmosphere.

Definition of Lithosphere

1. Noun. (geology) The rigid, mechanically strong, outer layer of the Earth; divided into twelve major plates ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Lithosphere

1. [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Lithosphere

lithophytous
lithopone
lithopones
lithops
lithos
lithosere
lithoseres
lithosian
lithosite
lithosol
lithosols
lithosphere (current term)
lithospheres
lithospheric
lithostatic
lithostratigraphic
lithostratigraphy
lithotherapy
lithotint
lithotints
lithotome
lithotomes
lithotomic
lithotomical
lithotomies
lithotomist

Literary usage of Lithosphere

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1. Geology by Thomas Chrowder Chamberlin, Rollin D. Salisbury (1904)
"The lithosphere. The atmosphere and hydrosphere are rather envelopes or shells than true spheres, though in some degree both penetrate the lithosphere. ..."

2. Geology by Thomas Chrowder Chamberlin, Rollin D. Salisbury (1904)
"The lithosphere. The atmosphere and hydrosphere are rather envelopes or shells than true spheres, though in some degree both penetrate the lithosphere. ..."

3. The Problem of Volcanism by Joseph Paxson Iddings (1914)
"CHAPTER V DYNAMICAL STATUS OF THE EARTH The physical history of the earth, as recorded in the structure of the lithosphere, indicates that the planet is a ..."

4. The Tidal and Other Problems by Thomas Chrowder Chamberlin, Forest Ray Moulton, Charles Sumner Slichter, William Duncan MacMillan, Arthur Constant Lunn, Julius Stieglitz (1909)
"THE TIDES OF THE lithosphere. There is reason to suspect that the water-tides are in part derived from the pulsations of the lithosphere. ..."

5. Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society Held at Philadelphia for by American Philosophical Society (1916)
"If this is a fair statement of the matter, as I think it is, then these are the results of the contact of lithosphere and atmosphere to produce a surface ..."

6. Earth Features and Their Meaning: An Introduction to Geology for the Student by William Herbert Hobbs (1912)
"It was long ago pointed out by the late Lord Kelvin that if our lithosphere were not more rigid than a ball of glass of the same size, ..."

7. Field Geology by Frederic Henry Lahee (1917)
"Relations of Fractures to Zones of the lithosphere.— When a mass of rock is not strong enough to resist forces that are tending either to compress it or to ..."

8. The Realm of Nature: An Outline of Physiography by Hugh Robert Mill (1892)
"The lithosphere.—The wide smooth expanse of the hydrosphere is apt to give ... Serious attempts to find out the -whole form of the lithosphere only began ..."

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