ba·​salt | \ bə-ˈsȯlt How to pronounce basalt (audio) , ˈbā-ˌsȯlt How to pronounce basalt (audio) \

Definition of basalt

: a dark gray to black dense to fine-grained igneous rock that consists of basic plagioclase, augite, and usually magnetite

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Other Words from basalt

basaltic \ bə-​ˈsȯl-​tik How to pronounce basalt (audio) \ adjective

Examples of basalt in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Dirt trails lead past basalt rock formations and old-growth stands of juniper trees, while Cascade peaks rise up from the horizon. oregonlive, 3 June 2021 This roundtrip cruise from Reykjavik includes five ports of call that show-off Iceland’s gorgeous, varied landscapes of glaciers, fjords, volcanic rock, basalt pillars and soaring geysers. Mike Espindle, Forbes, 20 May 2021 That dam was built in the 1960s beside the freeway, impounding water over a basalt lava flow whose soils don’t contain water well, according to the BLM. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, 28 Apr. 2021 What put Cannon Beach on the map is distinctive Haystack Rock, a basalt tower shooting 235 feet from the water's edge. Anne Olivia Bauso, Travel + Leisure, 25 Apr. 2021 Originating as an entry in Düsseldorf’s Documenta art exhibition, the action turned into a years-long project involving the planting of thousands of trees, accompanied by sculptural basalt stones. J.s. Marcus, WSJ, 26 Mar. 2021 Two of the bacteria species struggled to extract metals from their basalt samples. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, 13 Nov. 2020 Dug out of basalt, a dark volcanic rock, the tunnel was carved in the late 19th century. Greg Brick, Star Tribune, 2 Apr. 2021 Per a statement from Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, a joint French-Norwegian team found the basalt and mudbrick structures at Tel Ganub Qasr Al-‘Aguz in the Bahariya Oasis, some 230 miles southwest of Cairo. Isis Davis-marks, Smithsonian Magazine, 16 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of basalt

1601, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for basalt

Latin basaltes, manuscript variant of basanites touchstone, from Greek basanitēs (lithos), from basanos touchstone, from Egyptian bḫnw

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“Basalt.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of basalt

: a type of dark gray to black rock

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