Definition of fault line in English:

fault line


  • 1A line on a rock surface or the ground that traces a geological fault.

    • ‘In a matter of seconds, the Indian plates began moving, when suddenly, rocks became stressed, and a faultline was created.’
    • ‘The India plate dove under the Burma plate some 50 feet, causing a fault line 750 miles long.’
    • ‘Each year, thousands of tremors of various degrees of intensity are recorded on that fault line.’
    • ‘I grew up on the faultline - actually, about ten minutes drive from it.’
    • ‘The world's only accurate detection system today is spread along the three major underwater fault lines in the Northeastern Pacific Ocean.’
    • ‘These days, New Yorkers live like people whose houses are built on a fault line.’
    1. 1.1A divisive issue or difference of opinion that is likely to have serious consequences.
      ‘religion is now the great fault line of American politics’
      • ‘Democrats face the flip side - that several years without power can start to lay bare a party's insider fault lines.’
      • ‘The question of whether you have signed or not has created a new social fault line in local society.’
      • ‘His face is riven with the faultlines of age, creating the illusion of a constant scowl.’
      • ‘It also brought to surface the various fault lines in Sri Lankan politics.’
      • ‘Nevertheless, the provisional results reveal deep divisions across ethnic fault lines.’
      • ‘To consolidate democracy, he said, " we need a nation which has been able to overcome its historic fault-lines ".’
      • ‘The battle has exposed fault lines among automakers.’
      • ‘There are major fault lines running through Chinese society.’
      • ‘The Aberfan disaster is situated on the fault line of this transformation.’
      • ‘Here too differences loom at least as large as commonalities across the linguistic fault lines.’
      • ‘The war in Iraq is, of course, the most dramatic fault line.’
      • ‘The recent wild gyrations in the stock market are clearly creating fault lines with the new economy sector.’
      • ‘I don't think I have any dangerous moral faultlines with the generally accepted view of " how to be good ".’
      • ‘The fact that the political fault lines remained in place is not in itself new.’
      • ‘The gun issue is an ideological fault line between North American brethren.’
      • ‘Any operation involving the United States mounted from Pakistan would exacerbate this faultline.’
      • ‘Huntington is also incorrect to propose the conflictual "fault lines" are along civilisational boundaries.’
      • ‘The fault lines, where clear differences occur, establish the boundaries.’
      • ‘Investigating a magnetic anomaly near a fault line created my most humorous experience.’
      • ‘Our ongoing cultural encounter with the gray is, at the very least, emblematic of fault lines in the contemporary culture.’