Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The doctrines of the Plutonists.

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

  • noun The theory, early advanced in geology, that the successive rocks of the earth"s crust were formed by igneous fusion; -- opposed to the Neptunian theory.

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  • noun The old geological theory that the rocks forming the Earth were formed in fire by volcanic activity, with a continuing gradual process of weathering and erosion, then deposited on the sea bed, re-formed into layers of sedimentary rock by heat and pressure, and raised again.

Etymologies

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Pluto +‎ -ism, after the classical ruler of the underworld.

Examples

  • The German Bank pluton, offshore SW Nova Scotia: Age, petrology, and regional significance for Alleghanian plutonism

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