af·​ter·​shock | \ ˈaf-tər-ˌshäk How to pronounce aftershock (audio) \

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

The first aftershock came just minutes after the earthquake.
Recent Examples on the Web The Wag-athon, meanwhile, appears set to roll on for days yet as British news sites raced to post live updates to capture every last aftershock from the verdict, with The Sun leading the pack. James Hookway, WSJ, 29 July 2022 And a subsequent aftershock on Friday added to the toll. Sasha Warren, Scientific American, 24 June 2022 Exactly three hours later — at 8:44 p.m. — a 3.1 aftershock was reported in the same area. Los Angeles Times, 26 Feb. 2022 About an hour later, a magnitude 6.6 aftershock was reported in the same area, followed throughout the morning by about a dozen aftershocks with many magnitude 4.0 or higher. Mark Thiessen, Anchorage Daily News, 11 Jan. 2022 This could be the aftershock of the stablecoin implosion, which sowed fear and scared many investors off of cryptos. Dan Runkevicius, Forbes, 2 June 2022 On Twitter, seismologist Dr. Lucy Jones said Wednesday's quake could be considered an aftershock of the one that caused the 2011 tsunami. Jason Duaine Hahn,, 16 Mar. 2022 While the aftershock of Sunday’s Oscars controversy continues to unfold, the enduring impact of the event has pushed the autoimmune disease, alopecia areata, to the forefront of health discussions. Aley Arion, Essence, 1 Apr. 2022 The earthquake was not an aftershock, Holtkamp said. Tess Williams, Anchorage Daily News, 24 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of aftershock

1847, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for aftershock

after- + shock entry 1

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8 Aug 2022

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“Aftershock.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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