Definition of epicenter
- the epicenter of world finance
by continually reinventing itself, Las Vegas has managed to remain a national epicenter for entertainment
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The meaning of epi- in epicenter is "over", so the epicenter of an earthquake lies over the center or "focus" of the quake. Epicenter can also refer to the centers of things that may seem in their own way as powerful—though not as destructive—as earthquakes. Wall Street, for example, might be said to lie at the epicenter of the financial world.
First Known Use: 1880See Words from the same year
: the part of the earth's surface that is directly above the place where an earthquake starts
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