fault line

fault line
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

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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 —    The trace of a fault plane on the ground surface or on a reference plane.    Compare: fault line scarp.    GG …   Glossary of landform and geologic terms

  • 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

  • Fault Line War — A fault line war is one that takes place between two or more identity groups (usually religious or ethnic) from different civilizations. [John J. Xenakis (2002 2008). [http://www.generationaldynamics.com/cgi bin/D.PL?d=ww2010.book.localization1… …   Wikipedia

  • fault-line scarp —     a) A steep slope or cliff formed by differential erosion along a fault line, as by the more rapid erosion of soft rock on the side of a fault as compared to that of more resistant rock on the other side; e.g., the eastern face of the Sierra… …   Glossary of landform and geologic terms

  • fault-line valley — noun also fault valley : a valley that follows a fault line …   Useful english dictionary

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