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hanging wall



Mining. the underside of the wall rock overlying a vein or bed of ore.Compare footwall(def 1).
Geology. a mass of rock overhanging a fault plane.


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Nearby words

hanging post, hanging scroll, hanging step, hanging stile, hanging valley, hanging wall, hangingfly, hangingly, hangman, hangman's fracture, hangman's knot

Origin of hanging wall

First recorded in 1770–80 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for hanging wall

  • The two fault faces are known as the “hanging-wall” and the “foot-wall.”

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 10, Slice 2|Various

British Dictionary definitions for hanging wall

hanging wall


the rocks on the upper side of an inclined fault plane or mineral veinCompare footwall
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Science definitions for hanging wall

hanging wall

The block of rock lying above an inclined geologic fault plane. See more at fault. Compare footwall.
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