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frost heave

noun Geology.

an uplift in soil caused by the freezing of internal moisture.


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Nearby words

frosh, frost, frost boil, frost flowers, frost grape, frost heave, frost hollow, frost line, frost point, frost smoke, frost stud

Origin of frost heave

First recorded in 1945–50 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for frost heave

frost heave


the upthrust and cracking of a ground surface through the freezing and expansion of water underneathAlso called: frost heaving
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