[ slik-uhn-sahyd ]
/ ˈslɪk ənˌsaɪd /
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a rock surface that has become more or less polished and striated by slippage along a fault plane.
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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
[ slĭk′ən-sīd′ ]
A polished, striated rock surface formed by one rock mass sliding over another in a fault plane.
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