from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A portion of bedrock or other stratum protruding through the soil level.
- intransitive v. To protrude above the soil, as rock formations.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A piece of land that stands out (usually into water) from the land surrounding.
- n. A coming out of bedrock or of an unconsolidated deposit to the surface of the ground.
- n. The part of a rock formation that appears at the surface of the ground.
- v. To come out to the surface of the ground.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The coming out of a stratum to the surface of the ground.
- n. That part of inclined strata which appears at the surface; basset.
- intransitive v. To come out to the surface of the ground; -- said of strata.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The appearing at the surface of a stratum or series of strata, or of a vein or ore-deposit of any kind.
- To crop out or up; specifically, in geology, to come out to the surface of the ground: said of strata.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. appear on the surface, come to the surface on the ground
- n. the part of a rock formation that appears above the surface of the surrounding land
In any event, the outcrop is hidden, and it seems remarkable how much it is hidden.
Right under the outcrop was a ﬂ at, sheltered bit where someone could have stood.
When the outcrop is the pure red sandstone, we can hope for little else but the desert spinifex.
Residents of the tiny volcanic outcrop, which is inhabited by descendants of the HMS Bounty mutineers, have signed up to a three-year voluntary scheme which aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and obesity.
The part of a reef showing above the surface is the "outcrop," which may appear either as a mass or "blow" of quartz, sometimes sixty feet in height, or as a solid wall or dyke which can be followed for perhaps five miles without a break; the direction in which it runs is known as its "strike."
With quartz "outcrop" that lay atop, now leveled to its edge,
He was on a thickly wooded terrace with a blank wall of "outcrop" on one side nearly as high as the pines which pressed close against it.
I can possibly blame my cross-lateralism for getting left and right mixed up, but definitely not for the use of the word 'outcrop' when I actually meant 'islet'.
"outcrop," that is, the ore literally cropped out at the surface.
The target represents an outcrop which is highly mineralised over some 20 meters in length and one meter thickness (see Diagnos Inc.