Mercalli scale

noun

Mer·​cal·​li scale mer-ˈkä-lē- How to pronounce Mercalli scale (audio)
(ˌ)mər-
: a scale of earthquake intensity ranging from I for an earthquake detected only by seismographs to XII for one causing total destruction of all buildings

Word History

Etymology

Giuseppe Mercalli †1914 Italian priest and geologist

First Known Use

1921, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Mercalli scale was in 1921

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Cite this Entry

“Mercalli scale.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Mercalli%20scale. Accessed 6 Dec. 2022.

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