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n. or out·crop·ping (out′krŏp′ĭng)
A portion of bedrock or other stratum protruding through the soil level.
intr.v. (out-krŏp′) out·cropped, out·crop·ping, out·crops
To protrude above the soil, as rock formations.

[out + crop, to appear on the surface.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.outcropping - the part of a rock formation that appears above the surface of the surrounding landoutcropping - the part of a rock formation that appears above the surface of the surrounding land
belay - something to which a mountain climber's rope can be secured
outthrust - an outcropping of rock that extends outward
rock, stone - a lump or mass of hard consolidated mineral matter; "he threw a rock at me"
References in classic literature ?
Then, turning about the corner of a wall-like outcropping of granite, we came upon a smooth area of two or three acres before the base of the towering pile of ice and rock that had baffled us for days, and before us beheld the dark and cavernous mouth of a cave.
After returning several times to this place, he suddenly turned and ran in a panic of fear to the higher ground, crossing as he did so the outcropping rock.
It was the hall-mark of his aristocratic birth, the natural outcropping of many generations of fine breeding, an hereditary instinct of graciousness which a lifetime of uncouth and savage training and environment could not eradicate.
Here and there were slight outcroppings of quartz-bearing rock which glistened in the sunlight; and a little to my left, perhaps a hundred yards, appeared a low, walled enclosure about four feet in height.
The face of the entire cliff was, as later inspection conclusively proved, so shot with veins and patches of solid gold as to quite present the appearance of a solid wall of that precious metal except where it was broken by outcroppings of ruby, emerald, and diamond boulders--a faint and alluring indication of the vast and unguessable riches which lay deeply buried behind the magnificent surface.
It was a beautiful, gently rolling country, broken by occasional outcroppings of sandstone and by patches of dense forest relieved by open, park-like stretches and broad meadows whereon grazed countless herbivorous animals--red deer, aurochs, and infinite variety of antelope and at least three distinct species of horse, the latter ranging in size from a creature about as large as Nobs to a magnificent animal fourteen to sixteen hands high.
About a mile farther, on a road I had never travelled, we came to an orchard of starved apple-trees writhing over a hillside among outcroppings of slate that nuzzled up through the snow like animals pushing out their noses to breathe.
Caption: Ontario-based Brown's Concrete Products created a memorable company entrance for their client Citi Gate by using Rosetta Outcropping to mimic a large rock outcropping coming up through the earth.
Just 6 m to 8 m from the lander lies an outcropping of bedrock, the first recorded on Mars.
Interest was piqued in 1995 when prospector Sandor Surmacz spotted something unusual in a rock cut outcropping along the Trans Canada Highway 20 kilometres north of the town.
A half-acre outcropping across the highway from the Seminole Springs Mobile Home Park triggered a dispute over plans to carve into the hill and straighten out the road to handle traffic from a planned subdivision.
This outcropping zone is thought to be the source of the zinc-copper-silver rich boulders.