- a portion of the earth's crust, bounded on at least two sides by faults, that has risen in relation to adjacent portions.
Origin of horst
1890–95; < German: “heap, cluster,” from Middle High German, Old High German hurst “thicket”
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Examples from the Web for horst
Horst Ulrich, a 72-year-old German on a trek with a group of friends, watched four Nepali guides swept away by an avalanche.Nepal’s Deadliest Avalanche Was Totally Avoidable
October 20, 2014
Horst preferred the original, the slight gap suggesting invitation.
There is Joan Crawford in a huge black hat, her face, said Horst, “is all make-up, a mask not a face.”
A new exhibition reveals the dark magic of legendary photographer Horst.
Maxine reunites with her husband, Horst, and her pursuit of Ice crystallizes into something cohesive.Thomas Pynchon Meets His Match: The Internet
September 11, 2013
There is no need to labour this question; the horst cannot have existed.The Birth-Time of the World and Other Scientific Essays
J. (John) Joly
An official document, quoted by Horst, narrates the particulars of the examination and burning of a disinterred vampire.The Superstitions of Witchcraft
- a ridge of land that has been forced upwards between two parallel faults
C20: from German: thicket
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- 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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