transform fault

[ trans-fawrm fawlt ]

nounGeology, Oceanography.
  1. a strike-slip fault that offsets a mid-ocean ridge in opposing directions on either side of the axis of seafloor spreading.: Compare fracture zone.

Origin of transform fault

First recorded in 1970–75

Words Nearby transform fault Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

Scientific definitions for transform fault

transform fault

[ trănsfôrm′ ]

  1. A type of strike-slip fault that accommodates the relative horizontal slip between other tectonic elements, such as tectonic plates, and is common along the edges of plates in mid-ocean ridge regions. The lateral displacement along transform faults often ends or changes form abruptly. See Note at fault.

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