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1The upward force that a liquid or gas exerts on a body floating in it.
- ‘The fish in the bucket is upthrusted by the water.’
- 1.1Geology another term for uplift
- ‘In addition, the rocks here are a mix of volcanic upthrusts and soft red sandstone.’
- ‘Many boats from San Carlos make a beeline to the rugged upthrust of San Pedro Nolasco Island, where the phenomenon brings sierra, dorado, and snapper to the surface.’
- ‘This feature was once described as ‘the finest ‘small’ mountain feature in the British Isles ’, and is in reality an east-west ridge of volcanic rock which appears as a narrow upthrust of columnar pitchstone when seen from the south or east.’
verb[WITH OBJECT]usually as adjective upthrust
Thrust (something) upwards:‘Turco's upthrust beard’
raise, hoist, lift, lift up, raise aloft, haul up, winch up, lever up, heave up, hike up, hitch up, pull up, take up, upraise, uplift, elevateView synonyms
- ‘The constant eruptions of Io's many volcanoes should prevent the formation of mountains formed by upthrusting rock, yet here it stands.’
- ‘Over several million years these large blocks of land were upthrusted, dissected by erosion, and then inundated by the sea; during this period, sedimentary layers formed of varying thicknesses.’
- ‘The hills were formed by some upthrusting of the earth's crust which changed the landscape dramatically after the weight of the ice was melted away.’
- ‘The tented arch pattern consists of at least one upthrusting ridge, which tends to bisect superior ridges at right angles, more or less.’
- ‘An upthrusted rock is carved as an altar.’
- ‘But since then, the violent upthrusting of the Andean chain has carried the sediments to the tops of mountains.’
- ‘He swore and kicked at the trunk as it caught on an upthrust root, then swore again as it jerked free and slammed into his shin.’
- ‘It wound around hillocks and between upthrust boulders, even the trees they passed were mightier of girth.’
- ‘The Grenadiers consist of upthrusted blocks of Precambrian Quartzite and slate.’
- ‘The area of interest is located on an upthrusted block.’
- ‘Another theory takes a geological approach and points out that these peaks are made of younger, upthrusted lava, and thus look different and ‘crazy’ compared to the surrounding rock.’
- ‘Much of the island is an ancient limestone seabed that has been upthrusted by tectonic forces.’
- ‘She is broken into four separate images, each of which shows a portion of her body - first her head reclining on upthrust arms, then her torso, thighs and feet.’
- ‘The most common type of reef historically, found in the Chesapeake is a upthrusting reef, which protrudes upward from the bottom.’
- ‘The image is freshened by a sky blue ground framing the darker silhouette and accenting the yellow-gold braid of the uniform and Roulin's upthrust bearded face.’
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