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(geology) a rise of land to a higher elevation (as in the process of mountain building).  Synonyms: upheaval, uplift, upthrow.

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"Upthrust" Quotes from Famous Books

... unusual thing to lure ships after them into their treacherous harbors, or entice boarders from a declared enemy at sea, by the spectacle of thinly manned or vacant decks, beneath which prowled a hundred spears with yellow arms ready to upthrust them through the mats. Not that Captain Delano had entirely credited such things. He had heard of them—and now, as stories, they recurred. The present destination of the ship was the anchorage. There she would be near his own vessel. Upon gaining that vicinity, might ...
— The Piazza Tales • Herman Melville

... could see the end of the canon and what appeared to be freer water; out into this open space the torrent flung itself. The scow was riding the bore, that ridge of water upthrust by reason of the pressure from above; between it and the exit from the chute was a rapidly dwindling expanse of tossing waves. Kirby was greatly relieved, but he could not understand why those rollers at the mouth of the gorge should rear ...
— The Winds of Chance • Rex Beach

... beautiful valley, described by Ross, in which they were to build their houses. He lifted the canvas again after a while and saw that the fires had sunk lower than ever. The two men were still sitting on the logs and leaning lazily against upthrust boughs. The wilderness around them was very black, and twenty yards away, even the outlines of the trees ...
— The Young Trailers - A Story of Early Kentucky • Joseph A. Altsheler

Words linked to "Upthrust" :   rising, geology, ascension, ascent, rise

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