Definition of pull-apart in English:

pull-apart

Syllabification: pull-a·part
Pronunciation: /ˈpo͝oləˌpärt/

adjective

[attributive] Geology
Denoting an area that has been ruptured or stretched by tensional stresses or the resulting faulting.
More example sentences
  • During the Cretaceous, however, an ocean basin existed in this area, either as a remnant ocean that had escaped Jurassic obduction or as a small Cretaceous pull-apart basin.
  • In the more complex, uniformitarian model presented here, the void is created initially in the subsurface by pull-apart movement at a right-stepping dextral strike-slip fault in the basement.
  • The pull-apart structures in the study area are clearly of different types.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day neoteny
Pronunciation: niːˈɒt(ə)ni
noun
retention of juvenile features in the adult animal