Definition of Earthquake

1. Noun. Shaking and vibration at the surface of the earth resulting from underground movement along a fault plane of from volcanic activity.

Exact synonyms: Quake, Seism, Temblor
Specialized synonyms: Seismic Disturbance, Shock, Earth Tremor, Microseism, Tremor, Seaquake, Submarine Earthquake
Generic synonyms: Geological Phenomenon
Derivative terms: Quake, Seismal, Seismic



2. Noun. A disturbance that is extremely disruptive. "Selling the company caused an earthquake among the employees"

Definition of Earthquake

1. n. A shaking, trembling, or concussion of the earth, due to subterranean causes, often accompanied by a rumbling noise. The wave of shock sometimes traverses half a hemisphere, destroying cities and many thousand lives; -- called also earthdin, earthquave, and earthshock.

2. a. Like, or characteristic of, an earthquake; loud; startling.

Definition of Earthquake

1. Noun. A shaking of the ground, caused by volcanic activity or movement around geologic faults. (defdate from 14th c.) ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Earthquake

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Medical Definition of Earthquake

1. A shaking, trembling, or concussion of the earth, due to subterranean causes, often accompanied by a rumbling noise. The wave of shock sometimes traverses half a hemisphere, destroying cities and many thousand lives; called also earthdin, earthquave, and earthshock. Earthquake alarm, a bell signal constructed to operate on the theory that a few seconds before the occurrence of an earthquake the magnet temporarily loses its power. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Earthquake

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Literary usage of Earthquake

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Geographical Journal by Royal Geographical Society (Great Britain). (1908)
"It did not compare, for instance, with the 1807 earthquake in India, or, to come nearer to them in time, with the Valparaiso earthquake, which caused vastly ..."

2. Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature by H.W. Wilson Company (1909)
"Houses that cannot be shaken down; build- Ing methods in earthquake regions. ... On December 28th an earthquake 4e- Sicily and part of Calabria. ..."

3. Proceedings by American Society of Civil Engineers (1907)
"Soc. CE (by letter).—It seems to be ii question of definition and degree. What constitutes a severe earthquake, as the Committee uses that term, ..."

4. The Journal of Geology by University of Chicago Department of Geology and Paleontology (1905)
"PRIMARY CAUSE OF THE NEW MADRID earthquake As to the primary cause of the New Madrid earthquake, it is difficult to make any statement. ..."

5. Journal of the Statistical Society of London by Statistical Society (Great Britain) (1878)
"Duras buried with all its inhabitants by earthquake ; and (? ... The Colossus overthrown by an earthquake. Eusebius the Island of Niphon. dates this ..."

6. The Voyage of the Beagle by Charles Darwin (1909)
"CHAPTER XIV CHILOE AND CONCEPCION : GREAT earthquake San Carlos, Chiloe—Osorno in eruption, contemporaneously with Aconcagua and ..."

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