slick·​en·​side | \ ˈsli-kən-ˌsīd How to pronounce slickenside (audio) \

Definition of slickenside

: a smooth often striated surface produced on rock by movement along a fault or a subsidiary fracture usually used in plural

Examples of slickenside in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The 150-foot-long and 75-foot-tall surface is one of the largest chert slickensides exposures in California. Thomas Graham,, "Walking these seven hills of San Francisco a peak experience," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of slickenside

1822, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for slickenside

English dialect slicken smooth (from slick entry 1) + English side

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“Slickenside.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

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