aftershock


af·ter·shock

noun \-ˌshäk\

: a smaller earthquake that occurs after a larger one

Full Definition of AFTERSHOCK

1
:  an aftereffect of a distressing or traumatic event
2
:  a minor shock following the main shock of an earthquake

Examples of AFTERSHOCK

  1. The first aftershock came just minutes after the earthquake.

First Known Use of AFTERSHOCK

1847

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