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thrust fault

noun, Geology.
a low-angle reverse fault produced in rocks subjected to thrust.
Origin of thrust fault
First recorded in 1900-05 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • A thrust fault with a hade of 80°, with surface baseleveled.

    The Elements of Geology William Harmon Norton
  • A thrust fault with a hade of 30°, showing cliffs due to harder strata outcropping on the downthrow.

    The Elements of Geology William Harmon Norton
British Dictionary definitions for thrust fault

thrust fault

a fault in which the rocks on the upper side of an inclined fault plane have been displaced upwards, usually by compression; a reverse fault
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thrust fault in Science
thrust fault  
A reverse fault in which the fault plane is inclined at an angle equal to or less than 45°. See Note at fault.
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