seis·​mo·​gram | \ ˈsīz-mə-ˌgram How to pronounce seismogram (audio) , ˈsīs- \

Definition of seismogram

: the record of an earth tremor by a seismograph

Examples of seismogram in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The characteristic cultural fingerprints of some cities are notable by their absence on seismograms. Robin George Andrews, New York Times, "Coronavirus Turns Urban Life’s Roar to Whisper on World’s Seismographs," 8 Apr. 2020 Her wavelets have helped geologists analyze seismograms and neuroscientists read MRI images of brain activity. Elizabeth Winkler, WSJ, "Mathematics Pioneer Ingrid Daubechies Has More Barriers to Break," 24 Jan. 2020 By placing a pen on the weight and paper on the frame scientists can see the relative motion of the weight and frame through the markings, which create a seismogram. Ben Finio, Scientific American, "Shaky Science: Build a Seismograph," 22 Aug. 2019 Originally, the definition of magnitude related to seismograms, in which machines used an ink stylus to record rapid motions on a rolling drum of paper that would measure shaking. Rong-gong Lin Ii,, "Ridgecrest earthquake was intense. Exactly how strong was it?," 4 July 2019 Magnitude was about how big the waves were on a seismogram at a particular distance from the epicenter. Rong-gong Lin Ii,, "Ridgecrest earthquake was intense. Exactly how strong was it?," 4 July 2019

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First Known Use of seismogram

circa 1891, in the meaning defined above

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“Seismogram.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Sep. 2020.

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