out·​crop | \ ˈau̇t-ˌkräp How to pronounce outcrop (audio) \

Definition of outcrop

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a coming out of bedrock or of an unconsolidated deposit to the surface of the ground
2 : the part of a rock formation that appears at the surface of the ground


out·​crop | \ ˈau̇t-ˌkräp How to pronounce outcrop (audio) , ˌau̇t-ˈkräp \
outcropped; outcropping; outcrops

Definition of outcrop (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to project from the surrounding soil ledges outcropping from the eroded slope
2 : to come to the surface : appear

Examples of outcrop in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Those in the group who talked of others often spoke judgmentally of those who had not experienced such pain, as a way of getting a firm footing on the outcrop of their loss. David Means, Harper's Magazine, 23 Nov. 2021 According to records, current owners Jacob and Monica Frydman bought the rocky outcrop close to the enclave of Hyde Park, New York, back in 2005 for $1.5 million. Howard Walker, Robb Report, 9 Nov. 2021 The limestone outcrop looks like a giant sock monkey and took shape by thousands of years worth of water flowing through the Sabinal Canyon’s walls. Timothy Fanning, San Antonio Express-News, 29 Oct. 2021 Loisaba Star Beds is another must-do—nothing beats spending a night atop a rocky outcrop under the African skies. Liz Wheeler, Travel + Leisure, 31 Oct. 2021 Perseverance's new images, taken from inside the crater, confirm that this outcrop was indeed a river delta. David Bressan, Forbes, 9 Oct. 2021 Don’ miss: Spitzkoppe offers breathtaking landscapes of an outcrop of granite peaks rising from the desert. Christopher Elliott, Forbes, 22 Oct. 2021 With desert peaks stabbing the sky and a thin blue ribbon of Dead Sea shimmering in the distance, the ghostly figures of around 200 men and women -- painted head to toe in white -- began appearing from behind an outcrop. CNN, 17 Oct. 2021 Start your tour at Corrigan’s Lookout, an outcrop on the west side of Highway 122 north of Upson, near the Whitecap Mountains Ski Resort. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 9 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb This exclusive, discrete resort (no photos allowed) consists of a series of bungalows set around a private lagoon, whose waters are protected from the waves by a rock outcropping dotted with deluxe beach chairs. Shannon Sims, New York Times, 11 Feb. 2020 While the iron boat badly deteriorated badly over the century it's been exposed to the elements, the scow has remained tightly fixed to a rock outcropping since August 1918. Jeanne Bonner, CNN, 2 Nov. 2019 Magnetic anomalies abounded in the ancient natural world, where a lightning strike on a rock outcropping was much more likely than today. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, 6 Aug. 2019 On the evening of January 28, 1918, fifteen unarmed men and boys were rounded up and roped together by Texas Rangers and local ranchers, then led to a rock outcropping in the desert and shot dead. Steve Anderson, The New York Review of Books, 6 June 2019 In Topanga State Park, hike up to Eagle Rock—a massive sandstone outcropping nearly 2,000 feet above sea level—for panoramic views. Rico Gagliano, WSJ, 1 Aug. 2018 But here Bidwell starts to feel wilder, as the Maidu and Middle and Upper Trails branch off into the foothills and toward the rock outcropping known as Monkey Face, and other trails dip into the dense riparian growth along Big Chico Creek. Peter Fish, San Francisco Chronicle, 16 Mar. 2018 Shovels and Rope is a cool rockabilly outcropping of that movement. NOLA.com, 18 Jan. 2018 The petroglyphs were rediscovered after an 1881 wildfire devastated much of the region and burned off the vegetation that had covered the sandstone outcropping. Keith Matheny, Detroit Free Press, 8 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of outcrop


1805, in the meaning defined at sense 1


circa 1847, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Outcrop.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outcrop. Accessed 8 Dec. 2021.

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