angle-repose

angle of repose

noun Geology.
the maximum slope, measured in degrees from the horizontal, at which loose solid material will remain in place without sliding.
Compare angle of slide.


Origin:
1875–80

Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To angle-repose
Collins
World English Dictionary
angle of repose
 
n
the maximum angle to the horizontal at which rocks, soil, etc, will remain without sliding

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature