liquefaction

noun
liq·​ue·​fac·​tion | \ ˌli-kwə-ˈfak-shən How to pronounce liquefaction (audio) \

Definition of liquefaction

1 : the process of making or becoming liquid
2 : the state of being liquid
3 : conversion of soil into a fluidlike mass during an earthquake or other seismic event

Examples of liquefaction in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Because so many sewage treatment plants are built in areas prone to liquefaction, wastewater systems could be down for even longer. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Here are the basics for prepping your home to weather that inevitable earthquake," 14 Mar. 2021 But in the east, where the ground was prone to liquefaction, entire suburbs have been razed. Nick Perry, Star Tribune, "10 years after quake, Christ Church Cathedral finally rising," 19 Feb. 2021 In 2018, a magnitude 7.5 earthquake in Palu on Sulawesi island set off a tsunami and caused soil to collapse in a phenomenon called liquefaction. Fox News, "Rescue efforts after strong Indonesia quake stymied by blocked roads, lack of gear," 17 Jan. 2021 In 2018, a 7.5 magnitude earthquake in Palu on Sulawesi island set off a tsunami and caused soil to collapse in a phenomenon called liquefaction. The Christian Science Monitor, "Rescuers jump into action after midnight quake in Indonesia," 15 Jan. 2021 In 2018, a 7.5 magnitude earthquake in Palu on Sulawesi island set off a tsunami and caused soil to collapse in a phenomenon called liquefaction. Time, "Strong Earthquake Sets Off Landslides and Flattens Homes in Indonesia," 15 Jan. 2021 In 2018, a 7.5 magnitude earthquake in Palu on Sulawesi island set off a tsunami and caused soil to collapse in a phenomenon called liquefaction. Niniek Karmini And Yusuf Wahil, USA TODAY, "At least 34 dead as Indonesia earthquake topples homes, buildings," 15 Jan. 2021 Baker Hughes actually posted a sequential revenue increase thanks to its turbo-machinery segment, which has a healthier customer base, including companies in the business of liquefaction terminals, pipelines and petrochemical plants. Jinjoo Lee, WSJ, "Oilfield Services Look Beyond Oil," 22 Oct. 2020 The Total liquefaction project has been in the works for years under different owners. Sarah Mcfarlane, WSJ, "Islamist Attacks in Mozambique Threaten to Disrupt Total-Led Natural-Gas Project," 20 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of liquefaction

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for liquefaction

Middle English, from Late Latin liquefaction-, liquefactio, from Latin liquefacere, from liquēre to be fluid + facere to make — more at do

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“Liquefaction.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/liquefaction. Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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liquefaction

noun
liq·​ue·​fac·​tion | \ ˌlik-wə-ˈfak-shən How to pronounce liquefaction (audio) \

Medical Definition of liquefaction

1 : the process of making or becoming liquid
2 : the state of being liquid

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