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fault line

noun, Geology.
the intersection of a fault with the surface of the earth or other plane of reference.
Origin of fault line
1865-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • There is, moreover, evidence of actual compression of the earth's crust at right angles to the fault-line.

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fault line

(geology) Also called fault plane. the surface of a fault fracture along which the rocks have been displaced
a potentially disruptive division or area of contention: Europe remains the main fault line in the Tory Party
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