fault line

   The trace of a fault plane on the ground surface or on a reference plane.
   Compare: fault-line scarp.

Glossary of landform and geologic terms. 2013.

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  • fault line — fault lines 1) N COUNT A fault line is a long crack in the surface of the earth. Earthquakes usually occur along fault lines. Syn: fault 2) N COUNT A fault line in a system or process is an area of it that seems weak and likely to cause problems… …   English dictionary

  • fault line — n. 1. Geol. the line formed along the surface of the ground by a fault 2. any division or rift, as based on philosophical, religious, or ethnic differences, that is perceived as leading inevitably to violent confrontation …   English World dictionary

  • fault line — fault′ line n. 1) gel the intersection of a geologic fault with the surface of the earth or other plane of reference 2) cvb a boundary between incompatible or irreconcilable beliefs, cultures, or the like • Etymology: 1865–70 …   From formal English to slang

  • fault line — noun (geology) line determined by the intersection of a geological fault and the earth s surface • Topics: ↑geology • Hypernyms: ↑line • Part Holonyms: ↑fault, ↑faulting, ↑geological fault …   Useful english dictionary

  • fault line — noun Date: 1869 something resembling a fault ; split, rift < a major conceptual fault line in foreign policy Morton Kondracke > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • fault line — noun a) The line formed by the intersection of the plane of a fault with the surface of the Earth b) A minor split (in public opinion etc) that may develop into something larger …   Wiktionary

  • fault line — Geol. the intersection of a fault with the surface of the earth or other plane of reference. [1865 70] * * * …   Universalium

  • fault line —    The intersection of a fault with the surface of the earth or any other plane of reference [16] …   Lexicon of Cave and Karst Terminology

  • fault line — /ˈfɔlt laɪn/ (say fawlt luyn) noun 1. Geology the line along which the movement in an earthquake is liable to occur. 2. Sociology a difference which may become socially divisive, such as in class, gender, race, etc. Also, faultline …   Australian English dictionary

  • Fault line (disambiguation) — Fault line (or Faultline) may refer to: *Fault (geology), a rock fracture which show evidence of movement *Faultline Records, a record label *Faultline (musician), A Moniker for the British DJ, David Kosten …   Wikipedia

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