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  1. a throwing down or being thrown down; overthrow.
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Origin of downthrow

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

  • Under what circumstances should we term a fault a downthrow?


    James Geikie

  • The higher side is called the heaved or upthrow side; the opposite side the thrown or downthrow side.

  • The downthrow was not the work of one single act of disturbance—it went on for ages.

    Australian Pictures

    Howard Willoughby

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for downthrow


  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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