lithostatic

designating pressure exerted by overlying rock layers

Phrontistery dictionary. 2013.

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  • Overburden pressure — Overburden pressure, also called lithostatic pressure or vertical stress, is the pressure or stress imposed on a layer of soil or rock by the weight of overlying material. The overburden pressure at a depth z is given by where ρ(z) is the density …   Wikipedia

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  • stress — stressless, adj. stresslessness, n. /stres/, n. 1. importance or significance attached to a thing; emphasis: to lay stress upon good manners. 2. Phonet. emphasis in the form of prominent relative loudness of a syllable or a word as a result of… …   Universalium

  • λιθοστατικός — ή, ό φρ. «λιθοστατική πίεση» γεωλ. η πίεση που ασκείται σε ένα σημείο κάτω από την επιφάνεια τής Γης από όλα τα υπερκείμενα και περιβάλλοντα πετρώματα. [ΕΤΥΜΟΛ. Αντιδάνεια λ., πρβλ. αγγλ. lithostatic < νεολατ. lithostatic < litho (<… …   Dictionary of Greek

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