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noun Geology.
a low-angle reverse fault produced in rocks subjected to thrust.
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Origin of thrust fault

First recorded in 1900–05
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British Dictionary definitions for thrust fault

thrust fault

noun
a fault in which the rocks on the upper side of an inclined fault plane have been displaced upwards, usually by compression; a reverse fault
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Scientific definitions for thrust fault

thrust fault

A reverse fault in which the fault plane is inclined at an angle equal to or less than 45°. See Note at fault.
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