Graben meaning

gräbən
A usually elongated depression between geologic faults.
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A relatively long, narrow area of the earth's crust that has subsided between two bordering faults.
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A usually elongated block of rock that is bounded by parallel geologic faults along its two longest sides, and has a lower elevation than the rock at its sides. Grabens form where rock is being pulled apart by tectonic forces. The East African Rift Valley is a graben.
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(geology) An elongated block of the Earth's crust that has dropped relative to the surrounding blocks.
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Plural form of graben.
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Origin of graben

  • German Graben from Middle High German grabe trench from Old High German grabo from graban to dig ghrebh-2 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Borrowing from German Graben (“ditch”), from the verb graben (“to dig”).

    From Wiktionary