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noun
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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Origin of hanging wall

First recorded in 1770–80
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British Dictionary definitions for hanging wall

hanging wall

noun
the rocks on the upper side of an inclined fault plane or mineral veinCompare footwall
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Scientific 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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