often attributive
: a fault about which movement is predominantly horizontal
: a slipping movement along the strike of a fault
strike-slip earthquakes

Examples of strike-slip in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The strike-slip fault extends through parts San Bernardino, Riverside, San Diego and Imperial counties. Gary Robbins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 Apr. 2024 Geological Survey data indicates the earthquake occurred on or near the San Jacinto fault, a 130 mile-long strike-slip system that passes through parts of San Diego, Imperial, Riverside and San Bernardino counties. Gary Robbins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 Jan. 2024 Analysis of the data in Morocco indicates two types of movement: The land on one side shifted horizontally relative to the other, known as strike-slip, as well as upward relative to the other, known as a reverse thrust. Maya Wei-Haas, New York Times, 12 Sep. 2023 Fortunately for the Argo, strike-slip fault lines like the San Andreas do not typically produce large tsunamis. WIRED, 15 June 2023 The Cascadian Subduction Zone is a large strike-slip fault off the coast of the Pacific Northwest. Jackie Appel, Popular Mechanics, 18 Apr. 2023 The seep site sits near the Alvin Canyon Fault, a vertical fault known as a strike-slip fault that cuts across the Cascadia Subduction Zone off Oregon. Gwozniac, oregonlive, 26 Jan. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1964, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of strike-slip was in 1964

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“Strike-slip.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2024.

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