Definition of pull-apart in English:


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


[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.

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