- a cropping out, as of a stratum or vein at the surface of the earth.
- the exposed portion of such a stratum or vein.
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How to use outcrop in a sentence
We also examined the microscopic bits of silica left behind by plants, ancient pollen, and airborne charcoal from natural fires retrieved from ancient riverbed and lake outcrops in the Serengeti plains.Scientist findings in Tanzania show how ancient humans used tools 2 million years ago|Julio Mercader Florin|January 17, 2021|Quartz
I visited Trieste three years ago, ate, drank, wandered and waded into the Adriatic Sea, glimpsing ancient limestone outcrops in the distance.World class: Remembering legendary travel writer Jan Morris|Liza Weisstuch|December 10, 2020|Washington Post
Or China, which is busily trying to redraw the Pacific map around every rock outcropping?The Cheneys’ Permanent War|Heather Hurlburt|June 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Police say the bassist turned gunman stepped onto a third floor outcropping and fired through a window.The Guitar Case Murders|Michael Daly|November 12, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Schettino was the captain of the Costa Concordia when it crashed into an outcropping off Giglio last Jan. 13.Costa Concordia’s Captain’s Culpability in Crash and Deaths Weighed by Judge|Barbie Latza Nadeau|October 16, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The rock was a wide, outcropping band curving steeply to the summit on the eastern aspect.
Finally they reached the outcropping of rock a few hundred feet up the river bank.The Jewels of Aptor|Samuel R. Delany
Bordering the coast there was a linear group of islets and outcropping rocks at which we had hoped to touch.
Half-way down the cliff on an outcropping shelf of rock the man lay, face downward, motionless.The Escape of Mr. Trimm|Irvin S. Cobb
Sandy, stooping behind the outcropping, also trembled, partly with excitement and partly with fear.The Boy Settlers|Noah Brooks