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hanging wall

noun
1.
Mining. the underside of the wall rock overlying a vein or bed of ore.
Compare footwall (def 1).
2.
Geology. a mass of rock overhanging a fault plane.
Origin
1770-1780
1770-80
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hanging wall

noun
1.
the rocks on the upper side of an inclined fault plane or mineral vein Compare footwall
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hanging wall  
The block of rock lying above an inclined geologic fault plane. See more at fault. Compare footwall.
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