fault line

noun

: something resembling a fault : split, rift
a major conceptual fault line in foreign policyMorton Kondracke

Examples of fault line in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web To underscore the ideological fault lines of the primary: Shreve has the endorsement of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, while Speedy is backed by the tea party group Americans for Prosperity and Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America. Nathaniel Rakich, ABC News, 6 May 2024 Researchers from Germany filmed red wood ants that nest along a fault line in the Neuwied Basin, a seismically active region in Eifel, Germany, and studied the ants’ behavior hours before the earthquake, according to a 2013 study. Julia Jacobo, ABC News, 2 May 2024 His ability to navigate the fault lines within his own party and forge a coherent strategy on Israel-Palestine relations could be crucial in determining his prospects for reelection. Nik Popli, TIME, 2 May 2024 Soon, fault lines begin to form, and secrets threaten to erupt. Sarah Yang, Sunset Magazine, 1 May 2024 But observers say the pro-government bias in entertainment and news media can warp viewers’ perception of Indian politics and exacerbate fault lines in Indian society. Sushmita Pathak, The Christian Science Monitor, 9 Apr. 2024 There's a major fault line in New Jersey called the Ramapo Fault, which stems from the Appalachian mountains, and there are at least five smaller fault lines under Manhattan island. Jesse Zanger, CBS News, 5 Apr. 2024 At least three dozen active geological fault lines run underneath Taiwan. Emily Feng, NPR, 4 Apr. 2024 But since Trump left the White House the old fault lines have re-appeared and grown much wider over the past year, the Marquette polling shows. Craig Gilbert, Journal Sentinel, 2 Apr. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1869, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of fault line was in 1869

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“Fault line.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fault%20line. Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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