earthquake

noun
earth·​quake | \ ˈərth-ˌkwāk How to pronounce earthquake (audio) \

Definition of earthquake

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

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Examples of earthquake in a Sentence

a building destroyed by earthquake the San Andreas Fault is notorious for its earthquakes
Recent Examples on the Web Alarms for Monday's quake came less than an hour after alarms sounded in a nationwide earthquake simulation to mark the prior quakes. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, 20 Sep. 2022 Alarms for the new quake came less than an hour after a quake alarms warbled in a nationwide earthquake simulation marking major quakes that struck on the same date in 1985 and 2017. Fabiola Sanchez And Maria Verza, Anchorage Daily News, 19 Sep. 2022 Alarms for the new quake came less than an hour after a quake alarms warbled in a nationwide earthquake simulation marking major quakes that struck on the same date in 1985 and 2017. Fabiola SÁnchez, BostonGlobe.com, 19 Sep. 2022 The quake hit around 45 minutes after the annual earthquake drill was held in a number of Mexican states. Anthony Harrup, WSJ, 19 Sep. 2022 An earthquake 30 miles east-southeast of Littlefield, Arizona, was felt by Southwest Utah residents Monday afternoon. The Salt Lake Tribune, 19 Sep. 2022 The earthquake epicenter occurred in a sparsely populated region of Michoacan state, very near the coastline. Brandon Miller, Juan Carlos Paz, Karol Suarez, CNN, 19 Sep. 2022 Taiwan's earthquake monitoring agency says the quake hit off the island's southeastern coast at a depth of roughly four miles. Anders Hagstrom, Fox News, 18 Sep. 2022 In 1911, an earthquake caused a 3.1-mile landslide to block the Murghab River, creating the 1,600-foot-deep lake. Ashley Stimpson, Popular Mechanics, 16 Sep. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of earthquake

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of earthquake was in the 14th century

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23 Sep 2022

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“Earthquake.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/earthquake. Accessed 26 Sep. 2022.

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More Definitions for earthquake

earthquake

noun
earth·​quake | \ ˈərth-ˌkwāk How to pronounce earthquake (audio) \

Kids Definition of earthquake

: a shaking or trembling of a portion of the earth

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