strike slip

noun Geology.

the component of slip on a fault parallel with the linear extension or strike of the fault.

Origin of strike slip

First recorded in 1910–15

OTHER WORDS FROM strike slip

strike-slip, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for strike slip

  • Strike-slip (lateral) faults occur in response to either type of stress; the blocks move horizontally past one another.

    Earthquakes|Kaye M. Shedlock
  • The single line defines a strike-slip fault along which plates are sliding horizontally past one another.

    Volcanoes|Robert I. Tilling
  • Most faulting along spreading zones is normal, along subduction zones is thrust, and along transform faults is strike-slip.

    Earthquakes|Kaye M. Shedlock