hanging wall definition

  • noun:
    • Geology The mass of stone overlying a mineral deposit in a mine.
    • Geology The overlying block of a fault having an inclined fault jet.
    • The area of rock that expands above a diagonal fault-line (the equivalent reduced area becoming the footwall).
    • top of the wall surface of an inclined fault
  • adjective:
    • the top of wall of willing vein, or whatever hangs across miner's head whenever working in the vein.

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