a large body of intrusive igneous rock believed to have crystallized at a considerable depth below the earth’s surface; pluton.
Upon the southwestern border of the batholith the number of aplitic dikes greatly increases.
The Andes of Southern Peru Isaiah Bowman
a very large irregular-shaped mass of igneous rock, esp granite, formed from an intrusion of magma at great depth, esp one exposed after erosion of less resistant overlying rocks
1903, from German batholith (1892), coined by German geologist Eduard Suess (1831-1914) from Greek bathos “depth” (see benthos) + -lith “stone.”
A large mass of igneous rock that has intruded and melted surrounding strata at great depths. Batholiths usually have a surface area of over 100 km2 (38 mi2).
a device for ascertaining the depth of water. Historical Examples But the most ingenious of all contrivances for finding the depth of the sea is Siemen’s bathometer, a very recent invention. Chambers’s Journal of Popular Literature, Science, and Art, No. 702 Various bathometer, bath-om′et-ėr, n. an instrument for ascertaining depth. Chambers’s Twentieth Century Dictionary (part […]
adjective of or relating to Bath (geology) of or denoting a stage of the Jurassic system in NW Europe noun a native or resident of Bath the Bathonian period or rock system
adjective (of an organism) living in very deep water
bathophobia bathophobia bath·o·pho·bi·a (bāth’ə-fō’bē-ə) n. An abnormal fear of depths.