• synonyms

hanging wall

  1. Mining. the underside of the wall rock overlying a vein or bed of ore.Compare footwall(def 1).
  2. 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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Historical Examples

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

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


British Dictionary definitions for hanging wall

hanging wall

  1. the rocks on the upper side of an inclined fault plane or mineral veinCompare footwall
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hanging wall in Science

hanging wall

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