noun \ˈe-pi-ˌsen-tər\

: the part of the earth's surface that is directly above the place where an earthquake starts

Full Definition of EPICENTER

:  the part of the earth's surface directly above the focus of an earthquake — compare hypocenter 1
:  center 2a, b, c <the epicenter of world finance>
epi·cen·tral \ˌe-pi-ˈsen-trəl\ adjective

Examples of EPICENTER

  1. <by continually reinventing itself, Las Vegas has managed to remain a national epicenter for entertainment>


New Latin epicentrum, from epi- + Latin centrum center
First Known Use: 1887

Other Geology Terms

anthracite, boulder, cwm, erratic, igneous, intrusive, mesa, sedimentary, silt, swale


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