Origin of basalt
Examples from the Web for basaltic
There is a strip of basaltic flags connecting the door of one of the corridors with that of the tepidarium.Pompeii, Its Life and Art|August Mau
I am afraid so, unless I should happen to find diamonds in the basaltic formation of the Eagle's Nest.Miss Ravenel's conversion from secession to loyalty|J. W. de Forest
The most conspicuous of these basaltic beds forms the summit of the hill which is called Salisbury Craig.Theory of the Earth, Volume 2 (of 4)|James Hutton
Fingal's Cave, in the Island of Staffa, furnishes a remarkable instance of basaltic columns.
The trachytic rocks are small in quantity compared with those of the basaltic class.
British Dictionary definitions for basaltic
Word Origin for basalt
Word Origin and History for basaltic
c.1600, from Late Latin basaltes, misspelling of Latin basanites "very hard stone," from Greek basanites "a species of slate used to test gold," from basanos "touchstone." Not connected with salt. Said by Pliny ["Historia," 36.58] to be an African word, perhaps Egyptian bauhan "slate." Any hard, very dark rock would do as a touchstone; the assayer compared the streak left by the alleged gold with that of real gold or baser metals. Hence Greek basanizein "to be put to the test, examined closely, cross-examined, to be put to torture."
Science definitions for basaltic
Culture definitions for basaltic
A hard, dense igneous rock that makes up much of the material in tectonic plates. The part of the Earth's crust beneath the oceans consists mainly of basalt whereas continental crust consists mainly of less dense rocks, such as granite. (See plate tectonics.)