San Andreas Fault

geographical name
San An·​dre·​as Fault | \ ˌsan-an-ˈdrā-əs How to pronounce San Andreas Fault (audio) \

Definition of San Andreas Fault

zone of geologic faults in California extending from the northern coast toward the head of the Gulf of California

Note: Movement along part of the San Andreas Fault has frequently been the cause of earthquakes in the region, including the San Francisco earthquake of 1906.

Learn More about San Andreas Fault

Statistics for San Andreas Fault

Cite this Entry

“San Andreas Fault.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/San%20Andreas%20Fault. Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

More from Merriam-Webster on San Andreas Fault

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with San Andreas Fault

Comments on San Andreas Fault

What made you want to look up San Andreas Fault? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

A More Exception(al) Quiz

  • hot dog  hot dog  hot dog  hot dog cat
  • Which of the following words is not a synonym for ‘a young person’?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Citation

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!