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frost heave

noun, Geology
1.
an uplift in soil caused by the freezing of internal moisture.
Origin
1945-1950
1945-50
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Examples for frost heave
  • These circles are likely caused by frost heave, the upward thrusting of the ground.
  • It appeared that frost heave had lifted all of the surface material and created many air pockets under the surface.
  • Freezing also breaks small particles into finer parts, accelerating the sealing of the pores when the frost heave layer settles.
  • Water weakens pavement support and contributes to frost heave and cracking.
  • During the winter months, frost heave of the subgrade and base layers can cause variations in the pavement profile.
  • The ability to adjust to differential settlement, frost heave, or other changes in the subgrade is desirable.
British Dictionary definitions for frost heave

frost heave

noun
1.
the upthrust and cracking of a ground surface through the freezing and expansion of water underneath Also called frost heaving
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