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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web 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

Time Traveler
The first known use of strike-slip was in 1964

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Cite this Entry

“Strike-slip.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jun. 2023.

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