[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.
verb (used without object), out·cropped, out·crop·ping.
Origin of outcrop
First recorded in 1760–70; noun use of verb phrase crop out
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019
Related Words for outcropoffshoot
Examples from the Web for outcrop
Historical Examples of outcrop
In my belief, simply an outcrop of sincerity—of fidelity to mood, to impression, to self.
Somewhere in here began an outcrop of rock running east for miles.
The shelf which had caught him was the broader part of a long edge of outcrop.
At this point an effort would be made against the outcrop of his thoughts.
The frequent recurrence of outcrop and angle made this comparatively easy.
British Dictionary definitions for outcrop
part of a rock formation or mineral vein that appears at the surface of the earth
an emergence; appearance
verb (ˌaʊtˈkrɒp) -crops, -cropping or -cropped (intr)
(of rock strata, mineral veins, etc) to protrude through the surface of the earth
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Word Origin and History for outcrop
1805, in geology, "exposure of rocks at the surface," from out + crop (n.) in its sense of "sprout, head."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
An area of visible bedrock that is not covered with soil.
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