Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Intruding or tending to intrude.
  • adjective Geology Of or relating to igneous rock that is forced while molten into cracks or between other layers of rock.
  • adjective Linguistics Epenthetic.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Apt to intrude; coming unbidden or without welcome; appearing undesirably: as, intrusive thoughts or guests.
  • Done or effected by intrusion; carried out by irregular or unauthorized entrance: as, intrusive interference.
  • Thrust in out of regular place or order; introduced from an extraneous source; due to intrusion or irregular entrance.
  • Specifically, in geology applied to those igneous masses which have forced their way between older rocks and have never reached the surface: contrasted with extrusive. See intrusive rocks, under intrusive.
  • noun In geology, a mass of igneous rock which has forced its way between older walls or strata, but has never reached the surface of the earth. Intrusives occur as batholiths, laccoliths, intruded sheets, and dikes.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Apt to intrude; characterized by intrusion; entering without right or welcome.
  • adjective (Geol.) rocks which have been forced, while in a plastic or melted state, into the cavities or between the cracks or layers of other rocks. The term is sometimes used as equivalent to plutonic rocks. It is then contrasted with effusive or volcanic rocks.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Tending or apt to intrude; doing that which is not welcome; interrupting or disturbing; entering without right or welcome.
  • adjective geology Of rocks: forced, while in a plastic or molten state, into the cavities or between the cracks or layers of other rocks.
  • noun geology An igneous rock that is forced, while molten, into cracks or between other layers of rock

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective tending to intrude (especially upon privacy)
  • adjective of rock material; forced while molten into cracks between layers of other rock
  • adjective thrusting inward

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