[ slik-uhn-sahyd ]
/ ˈslɪk ənˌsaɪd /
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noun Geology.

a rock surface that has become more or less polished and striated by slippage along a fault plane.



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Origin of slickenside

First recorded in 1760–70; slick2 + -en3 + side1
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British Dictionary definitions for slickenside

/ (ˈslɪkənˌsaɪd) /


a rock surface with a polished appearance and fine parallel scratches caused by abrasion during fault displacement

Word Origin for slickenside

C18: from dialect slicken, variant of slick + side
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Scientific definitions for slickenside

[ slĭkən-sīd′ ]

A polished, striated rock surface formed by one rock mass sliding over another in a fault plane.
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