[noun out-krop; verb out-krop]
- a cropping out, as of a stratum or vein at the surface of the earth.
- the exposed portion of such a stratum or vein.
- something that emerges suddenly or violently in the manner of an outcrop; outbreak: an outcrop of student demonstrations.
- to crop out, as strata.
Origin of outcrop
First recorded in 1760–70; noun use of verb phrase crop out
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Examples from the Web for outcrop
In my belief, simply an outcrop of sincerity—of fidelity to mood, to impression, to self.Another Sheaf
Somewhere in here began an outcrop of rock running east for miles.The Flaming Jewel
Robert W. Chambers
The shelf which had caught him was the broader part of a long edge of outcrop.Otherwise Phyllis
At this point an effort would be made against the outcrop of his thoughts.Somehow Good
William de Morgan
The frequent recurrence of outcrop and angle made this comparatively easy.On the Frontier
- part of a rock formation or mineral vein that appears at the surface of the earth
- an emergence; appearance
- (of rock strata, mineral veins, etc) to protrude through the surface of the earth
- another word for crop out
Word Origin and History for outcrop
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- An area of visible bedrock that is not covered with soil.
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