gravity fault

noun Geology.

a fault along an inclined plane in which the upper side or hanging wall appears to have moved downward with respect to the lower side or footwall (opposed to reverse fault).

Nearby words

  1. gravity assist,
  2. gravity cell,
  3. gravity clock,
  4. gravity dam,
  5. gravity escapement,
  6. gravity feed,
  7. gravity hinge,
  8. gravity meter,
  9. gravity platform,
  10. gravity railroad

Also called normal fault. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for gravity fault

gravity fault


a fault in which the rocks on the upper side of an inclined fault plane have been displaced downwards; normal fault
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