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reverse fault

noun, Geology.
a fault in which the rock above the fault plane is displaced upward relative to the rock below the fault plane (opposed to gravity fault).
Compare thrust fault.
Origin of reverse fault
1885-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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reverse-fault in Science
reverse fault
A geologic fault in which the hanging wall has moved upward relative to the footwall. Reverse faults occur where two blocks of rock are forced together by compression. Compare normal fault. See Note and illustration at fault.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
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