unconformity
noun Date: circa 1600 1. archaic lack of conformity 2. a. lack of continuity in deposition between rock strata in contact corresponding to a period of nondeposition, weathering, or erosion b. the surface of contact between unconformable strata

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  • Unconformity — Un con*form i*ty, n. 1. Want of conformity; incongruity; inconsistency. South. [1913 Webster] 2. (Geol.) Want of parallelism between strata in contact. [1913 Webster] Note: With some authors unconformity is equivalent to unconformability; but it… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • unconformity — index breach, controversy (argument), deviation, difference, disaccord, disagreement, discrepancy, di …   Law dictionary

  • unconformity — (n.) c.1600, from UN (Cf. un ) (1) not + CONFORMITY (Cf. conformity). Geological sense is from 1829 …   Etymology dictionary

  • unconformity — [un΄kən fôr′mə tē] n. pl. unconformities 1. a lack of conformity; inconsistency; incongruity 2. Geol. a) a break in the continuity of rock strata in contact, separating younger from older rocks and usually resulting from erosion of the surface of …   English World dictionary

  • Unconformity — Hutton s Unconformity at Jedburgh, Scotland, illustrated by John Clerk in 1787 and photographed in 2003. An unconformity is a buried erosion surface separating two rock masses or strata of different ages, indicating that sediment deposition w …   Wikipedia

  • Unconformity — (Roget s Thesaurus) < N PARAG:Unconformity >N GRP: N 1 Sgm: N 1 nonconformity nonconformity &c. 82 Sgm: N 1 unconformity unconformity disconformity Sgm: N 1 unconventionality unconventionality informality abnormity abnormality anomaly …   English dictionary for students

  • unconformity — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) Lack of conformity to convention Nouns 1. unconformity, nonconformity, unconventionality, informality, abnormality; anomaly, anomalousness; exception, peculiarity, irregularity; infraction, breach,… …   English dictionary for students

  • unconformity — /un keuhn fawr mi tee/, n., pl. unconformities. 1. lack of conformity; incongruity; inconsistency. 2. Geol. a. a discontinuity in rock sequence indicating interruption of sedimentation, commonly accompanied by erosion of rocks below the break. b …   Universalium

  • unconformity — noun a) A lack of conformity. b) A gap in time in rock strata, where erosion occurs while deposition slows or stops. See Also: nonconformity …   Wiktionary

  • unconformity —    A fossil land surface representing the absence of a sequence of sediments [16] …   Lexicon of Cave and Karst Terminology

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