[ hawrst ]
/ hɔrst /


a portion of the earth's crust, bounded on at least two sides by faults, that has risen in relation to adjacent portions.

Nearby words

  1. horseweed,
  2. horsewhip,
  3. horsewoman,
  4. horsey,
  5. horsily,
  6. horst wessel song,
  7. horsy,
  8. hort.,
  9. horta,
  10. horta, victor, baron

Compare graben.

Origin of horst

1890–95; < German: “heap, cluster,” from Middle High German, Old High German hurst “thicket”

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British Dictionary definitions for horst


/ (hɔːst) /


a ridge of land that has been forced upwards between two parallel faults

Word Origin for horst

C20: from German: thicket

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Science definitions for horst


[ hôrst ]

A usually elongated block of rock that is bounded by parallel geologic faults along its two longest sides and has a higher elevation than the rock at its sides. Horsts form where rock is being compressed by tectonic forces.
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