1. n. [Geology]
The orientation of a planar or linear feature in three-dimensional (3D) space. Planar features that are not horizontal, such as tilted strata, are described by their strike, or the azimuth of the intersection of the plane with a horizontal surface, and the dip, or the magnitude of its inclination from a horizontal reference. The trend and plunge of linear features, such as the axis of a fold, describe the azimuth of the line and its deviation from horizontal.
See: apparent dip, dipping bed, lithologic contact, true stratigraphic thickness, true vertical thickness