earthquake

noun earth·quake \ ˈərth-ˌkwāk \

Definition of earthquake

1 :a shaking or trembling of the earth that is volcanic or tectonic in origin
2 :upheaval 2

Examples of earthquake in a Sentence

  1. a building destroyed by earthquake

  2. the San Andreas Fault is notorious for its earthquakes

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First Known Use of earthquake

14th century


EARTHQUAKE Defined for English Language Learners

earthquake

noun

Definition of earthquake for English Language Learners

  • : a shaking of a part of the Earth's surface that often causes great damage


EARTHQUAKE Defined for Kids

earthquake

noun earth·quake \ ˈərth-ˌkwāk \

Definition of earthquake for Students

:a shaking or trembling of a portion of the earth


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