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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.
1. (Geological Science) part of a rock formation or mineral vein that appears at the surface of the earth
2. an emergence; appearance
vb (intr) , -crops, -cropping or -cropped
3. (Geological Science) (of rock strata, mineral veins, etc) to protrude through the surface of the earth
4. (Geological Science) another word for crop out
out•crop(n. ˈaʊtˌkrɒp; v. ˌaʊtˈkrɒp)
n., v. -cropped, -crop•ping. n.
a. a cropping out, as of a stratum or vein at the surface of the earth.
b. the exposed portion of such a stratum or vein.
2. something that emerges suddenly or violently in the manner of an outcrop; outbreak.v.i.
3. to crop out, as strata.
An area of visible bedrock that is not covered with soil.
Past participle: outcropped
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|Noun||1.||outcrop - 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
|Verb||1.||outcrop - appear on the surface, come to the surface on the ground; "Big boulders outcropped"|
appear - come into sight or view; "He suddenly appeared at the wedding"; "A new star appeared on the horizon"