fault line

fault line
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fawlt lahyn]
    • /fɔlt laɪn/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fawlt lahyn]
    • /fɔlt laɪn/

Definitions of fault line words

  • noun fault line the intersection of a fault with the surface of the earth or other plane of reference. 1
  • noun fault line geology: crack in the earth 1
  • countable noun fault line A fault line is a long crack in the surface of the earth. Earthquakes usually occur along fault lines. 0
  • countable noun fault line A fault line in a system or process is an area of it that seems weak and likely to cause problems or failure. 0
  • noun fault line the line formed along the surface of the ground by a fault 0
  • noun fault line any division or rift, as based on philosophical, religious, or ethnic differences, that is perceived as leading inevitably to violent confrontation 0

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Origin of fault line

First appearance:

before 1865
One of the 28% newest English words
First recorded in 1865-70

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Parts of speech for Fault line


fault line popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 34% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 59% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

fault line usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for fault line

noun fault line

  • rift — an opening made by splitting, cleaving, etc.; fissure; cleft; chink.
  • break — When an object breaks or when you break it, it suddenly separates into two or more pieces, often because it has been hit or dropped.
  • crack — If something hard cracks, or if you crack it, it becomes slightly damaged, with lines appearing on its surface.
  • fault — a defect or imperfection; flaw; failing: a fault in the brakes; a fault in one's character.
  • fracture — the breaking of a bone, cartilage, or the like, or the resulting condition. Compare comminuted fracture, complete fracture, compound fracture, greenstick fracture, simple fracture.

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