Meaning of “basalt” in the English Dictionary

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"basalt" in British English

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basaltnoun [ U ]

uk /ˈbæs.ɒlt/ us /ˈbæs.ɑːlt/

Examples from literature

  • It was built upon a conical peak of basalt, and was surrounded by four deep valleys, one on each side, another in front, and the fourth in the rear. 
  • The hills which bound the valley of the creek are basalt, sandstone, and schist. 
  • The right bank of the river rose into steep cliffs of basalt, under which the clustered fig tree, with its dense foliage, formed a fine shady bower. 
  • The soil is chiefly volcanic ash, disintegrated basalt and alluvium. 
  • The spot was quite surrounded by high sloping walls of basalt, except to the west, where they opened in a three-foot cleft to the shore, and the ground was strewn with slabs and boulders of granite and basalt. 

(Definition of “basalt” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"basalt" in American English

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basaltnoun [ U ]

us /bəˈsɔlt, ˈbeɪ·sɔlt/

earth science a type of black rock that comes from a volcano (= mountain that explodes and throws out hot rocks)

(Definition of “basalt” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)