[ doun-throh ]
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  1. a throwing down or being thrown down; overthrow.

Origin of downthrow

First recorded in 1605–15; noun use of verb phrase throw down

Words Nearby downthrow Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use downthrow in a sentence

  • Instead of being discouraged by adverse attacks he had 212 gained new vigor from each downthrow.

    David Dunne | Belle Kanaris Maniates
  • Dikes and faults are denominated upthrow or downthrow, according to the position they are met with in working the mine.

  • 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
  • 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
  • Normal faults are exemplified in figs. 1, 2, and 6; in the latter the masses A and B are on the downthrow sides, C is upthrown.

British Dictionary definitions for downthrow


/ (ˈdaʊnˌθrəʊ) /

  1. the state of throwing down or being thrown down

  2. geology the sinking of rocks on one side of a fault plane

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