Definitions for: Earthquake


[n] shaking and vibration at the surface of the earth resulting from underground movement along a fault plane of from volcanic activity



Webster (1913) Definition: Earth"quake`, 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.



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.


Earth"quake`, a.
Like, or characteristic of, an earthquake; loud; starling.

The earthquake voice of victory. --Byron.

Synonyms: quake, seism, temblor

See Also: earth tremor, geological phenomenon, microseism, seaquake, seismic disturbance, shock, submarine earthquake, tremor

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