fault line


Definition of fault line

: something resembling a fault : split, rift a major conceptual fault line in foreign policy— Morton Kondracke

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The shaking is the result of waves of energy radiating out from the spot on the fault line where the rupture occurs. oregonlive.com, "After powerful earthquakes rattle California, Oregon’s early warning system still waits for funding," 9 July 2019 That's the term used to describe a smaller earthquake that precedes a bigger earthquake on the same fault line. Andrew Sharp, SI.com, "Kawhi Leonard on the Clippers Is a Massive Win for the NBA," 6 July 2019 But these don’t form due to shifting tectonic plates, like fault lines on the surface of the Earth. National Geographic, "Why does Earth have a moon, and how does it affect our planet?," 3 July 2019 Still, the Mexican government remains divided on the agreement, revealing deeper fault lines at the core of the current administration. Jonathan Blitzer, The New Yorker, "How Trump’s Tariff Threat Could Outsource the Asylum Crisis to Mexico," 19 June 2019 The controversy arises in a moment of heightened concern about voting rights, as new questions are emerging about how gerrymandering has unfolded along racial fault lines. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "’Black Lives Matter’ banners cost a California church its polling place. Now, it’s suing.," 11 June 2019 And unlike Obama, popular among Democrats but polarizing for conservatives and GOP-leaning independents, Carter is difficult to define by current political fault lines. Bill Barrow, The Seattle Times, "Jimmy Carter finds a renaissance in 2020 Democratic scramble," 20 May 2019 But having worked as a Native American in the outdoor industry, these fault lines have been there for quite a while. Christine Yu, Outside Online, "What Happened at the SHIFT Festival?," 25 June 2019 In deep red Tarrant County, a boisterous debate over whether sheriff's employees should renew an agreement to hold unauthorized immigrants in their custody for federal authorities shows how the fault lines on the issue may be shifting. Dallas News, "Marijuana and gun laws at odds, beer-to-go and more new laws, new mayor Johnson ushers in new era in Dallas," 18 June 2019

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First Known Use of fault line

1869, in the meaning defined above

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