Definition of graben in English:

graben

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Pronunciation: /ˈgrɑːb(ə)n
 
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noun (plural same or grabens)

Geology
  • An elongated block of the earth’s crust lying between two faults and displaced downwards relative to the blocks on either side, as in a rift valley.
    More example sentences
    • These faults bound horsts, grabens and tilted blocks.
    • The area is characterized by a series of low-relief Jurassic horsts and graben.
    • A graben is a down-dropped block of the crust resulting from extension, or pulling, of the crust.

Origin

late 19th century: from German Graben 'a ditch'.

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