Definition of wrench fault in English:

wrench fault

noun

  • another term for strike-slip fault
    • ‘In SW England a series of isolated, enclosed basins occur along the line of the major NW-SE-trending Sticklepath-Lustleigh wrench fault.’
    • ‘These components combine to generate bulk constriction, which is expressed, in the brittle regime, by a combination of normal and wrench faults and, in layered sequences, by fold hinges parallel to the finite stretching direction.’
    • ‘The 1950s were thus the decade when most hypotheses of global tectonics were based on concepts of lateral movement along strike-slip faults, although terms such as wrench faults or megashears were more commonly used.’