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hanging wall

Mining. the underside of the wall rock overlying a vein or bed of ore.
Compare footwall (def 1).
Geology. a mass of rock overhanging a fault plane.
Origin of hanging wall
First recorded in 1770-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • These nets are to be let down like a hanging wall, in the path of the shoal, at night.

    Within the Deep R. Cadwallader Smith
  • The upper wall of an inclined vein is the hanging wall; the other the foot wall.

    The A B C of Mining Charles A. Bramble
  • Thrust faults hade to the upthrow; the hanging wall has gone up.

    The Elements of Geology William Harmon Norton
  • The country rock lying immediately above the reef is the “hanging wall,” and that immediately below, the “foot wall.”

    Spinifex and Sand David W Carnegie
  • He rode at the helm into the first hanging wall of foam, erect and triumphant!

  • Normal faults, of which Figure 184 is an example, hade to the downthrow; the hanging wall has gone down.

    The Elements of Geology William Harmon Norton
  • He reached for his carbide lamp, hooked to a small chink of the hanging wall, and then pulled his hat over his bulging forehead.

    The Cross-Cut

    Courtney Ryley Cooper
British Dictionary definitions for hanging wall

hanging wall

the rocks on the upper side of an inclined fault plane or mineral vein Compare footwall
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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hanging wall in Science
hanging wall  
The block of rock lying above an inclined geologic fault plane. See more at fault. Compare footwall.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
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