foot·​wall ˈfu̇t-ˌwȯl How to pronounce footwall (audio)
: the lower underlying wall of a vein, ore deposit, or coal seam in a mine
: the lower wall of an inclined fault

Word History

First Known Use

1837, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of footwall was in 1837

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“Footwall.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

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