aftershock

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noun af·ter·shock \ -ˌshäk \

Definition of aftershock

1 :an aftereffect of a distressing or traumatic event
2 :a minor shock following the main shock of an earthquake

Examples of aftershock in a Sentence

  1. The first aftershock came just minutes after the earthquake.

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First Known Use of aftershock

1847


AFTERSHOCK Defined for English Language Learners

aftershock

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Definition of aftershock for English Language Learners

  • : a smaller earthquake that occurs after a larger one



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