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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Synonyms for earthquake

Synonyms

quake, shake, temblor, tremor

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Examples of earthquake in a Sentence

a building destroyed by earthquake the San Andreas Fault is notorious for its earthquakes

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Plus, the city has reliable electricity and isn’t at risk for the hurricanes or earthquakes that threaten the coasts. Ally Marotti, chicagotribune.com, "Illinois might be more attractive for data centers with potential new tax incentive," 4 June 2019 Other earthquakes have reached as low as 0.8 magnitude. Don Sweeney, sacbee, "Quake swarm unleashes 400 tiny temblors on Southern California. What does it mean?," 4 June 2019 Labrada knows that these are important traits for urban search-and-rescue dogs, who help find people trapped in rubble after disasters such as tornadoes, hurricanes and earthquakes. Washington Post, "Real, furry superheroes get their own movie," 4 June 2019 The website also claims these homes are earthquake resistant, and that parts of the house can act like flotation devices in an emergency. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "The Homes in This Village Are Made Using Old Plastic Bottles," 28 May 2019 Natural disasters such as a storms, wildfires, floods and earthquakes have for years reflexively triggered immediate funding relief efforts. WSJ, "Preparing for Disasters Saves Costly Cleanups," 27 May 2019 Advertising The researchers said the inland tsunami points to a massive earthquake generated by the asteroid crash, somewhere between a magnitude 10 and 11. Seth Borenstein, The Seattle Times, "Snapshot of extinction: Fossils show day of killer asteroid," 3 Apr. 2019 According to Babble, the scene was filmed while a minor earthquake was going on. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Every Weird Thing You Never Realized About National Lampoon's 'Christmas Vacation'," 2 Dec. 2018 However, that video was delayed in light of a major earthquake that hit Japan this week. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Nintendo’s promised cloud saves on Switch won’t work for every game [Updated]," 7 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of earthquake

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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earthquake

noun

English Language Learners Definition of earthquake

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

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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