Simple Definition of epicenter
: the part of the earth's surface that is directly above the place where an earthquake starts
Examples of epicenter in a sentence
<by continually reinventing itself, Las Vegas has managed to remain a national epicenter for entertainment>
Did You Know?
The meaning of epi- in epicenter is "over", so the epicenter of an earthquake lies over the center or "focus" of the quake. Epicenter can also refer to the centers of things that may seem in their own way as powerful—though not as destructive—as earthquakes. Wall Street, for example, might be said to lie at the epicenter of the financial world.
Origin and Etymology of epicenter
New Latin epicentrum, from epi- + Latin centrum center
First Known Use: 1887
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