seismology


seis·mol·o·gy

noun \sīz-ˈmä-lə-jē, sīs-\

: the scientific study of earthquakes

Full Definition of SEISMOLOGY

:  a science that deals with earthquakes and with artificially produced vibrations of the earth
seis·mo·log·i·cal \ˌsīz-mə-ˈlä-ji-kəl, ˌsīs-\ also seis·mo·log·ic \-jik\ adjective
seis·mol·o·gist \sīz-ˈmä-lə-jist, sīs-\ noun

Origin of SEISMOLOGY

International Scientific Vocabulary
First Known Use: 1858

seismology

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Scientific discipline concerned with the study of earthquakes and of the propagation of seismic waves. A branch of geophysics, it has provided much information about the composition and state of the planet's interior. Recent work has focused on predicting earthquakes in hopes of minimizing the risk to humans. Seismologists have also studied quakes induced by human activities—such as impounding water behind high dams, injecting fluids into deep wells, and detonating underground nuclear explosions—in an effort to find ways of controlling natural earthquakes.

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