noun earth·quake \ˈərth-ˌkwāk\

: a shaking of a part of the earth's surface that often causes great damage

Full Definition of EARTHQUAKE

:  a shaking or trembling of the earth that is volcanic or tectonic in origin
:  upheaval 2

Examples of EARTHQUAKE

  1. a building destroyed by earthquake
  2. <the San Andreas Fault is notorious for its earthquakes>

First Known Use of EARTHQUAKE

14th century

Other Geology Terms

anthracite, boulder, cwm, erratic, igneous, intrusive, mesa, sedimentary, silt, swale
EARTHQUAKES Defined for Kids


noun earth·quake \ˈərth-ˌkwāk\

Definition of EARTHQUAKE for Kids

:  a shaking or trembling of a portion of the earth


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