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epicenter

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noun epi·cen·ter \ˈe-pi-ˌsen-tər\

Simple Definition of epicenter

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

Full Definition of epicenter

  1. 1 :  the part of the earth's surface directly above the focus of an earthquake — compare hypocenter 1

  2. 2 :  center 2a, b, c <the epicenter of world finance>

epi·cen·tral play \ˌe-pi-ˈsen-trəl\ adjective

Examples of epicenter

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



Origin of epicenter

New Latin epicentrum, from epi- + Latin centrum center


First Known Use: 1887



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