frost heave

frost heave
noun
upthrust of ground or pavement caused by the freezing of moist soil
Syn: ↑frost heaving
Hypernyms: ↑geological phenomenon

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noun or frost heaving
: an upthrust of ground caused by freezing of moist soil (as under a footing or pavement)

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Geol.
an uplift in soil caused by the freezing of internal moisture.
[1945-50]

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frost heave,
an uplift of the ground in winter, caused by the freezing of water beneath the surface: »

Frost heave caused burst and buckled road surfaces all over Lincolnshire (London Times).

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n. the uplift of water-saturated soil or other surface deposits due to expansion on freezing
a mound formed in this way, esp. when broken through the pavement of a road
Derivatives:
frost heaving n.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • frost heave — noun Date: 1941 an upthrust of ground or pavement caused by freezing of moist soil called also frost heaving …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • frost heave — noun the uplift of soil or other surface deposits due to expansion of groundwater on freezing. Derivatives frost heaving noun …   English new terms dictionary

  • frost heave — Geol. an uplift in soil caused by the freezing of internal moisture. [1945 50] * * * …   Universalium

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  • frost heaving — noun upthrust of ground or pavement caused by the freezing of moist soil • Syn: ↑frost heave • Hypernyms: ↑geological phenomenon * * * noun see frost heave …   Useful english dictionary

  • frost heaving — noun see frost heave …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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