seismology

noun
seis·mol·o·gy | \sīz-ˈmä-lə-jē, sīs-\

Definition of seismology 

: a science that deals with earthquakes and with artificially produced vibrations of the earth

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Other Words from seismology

seismological \ˌsīz-mə-ˈlä-ji-kəl, ˌsīs- \ or less commonly seismologic \ˌsīz-mə-ˈlä-jik, ˌsīs- \ adjective
seismologist \sīz-ˈmä-lə-jist, sīs- \ noun

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The country's seismology and volcanology institute warned of new flows descending through canyons on the volcano's western slope toward the Pantaleon River, carrying boulders and tree trunks. Fox News, "At Guatemala volcano, weather and danger hinder search," 7 June 2018 Fortunately, very little of a cable’s capacity would have to be commandeered in service of seismology. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "Seafloor fiber optic cables can work like seismometers," 15 June 2018 Currently the volcano continues to erupt and there exists a high potential for [pyroclastic] avalanches of debris,’’ the disaster agency said late Sunday via Twitter, quoting Sanchez, the director of the seismology and volcanology institute. Sonia Perez D., BostonGlobe.com, "Death toll in Guatemala volcano eruption now at 25," 4 June 2018 Lava began flowing down the mountain’s flank and across homes and roads around 4 p.m. Eddy Sanchez, director of the country’s seismology and volcanology institute, said the flows reached temperatures of about 1,300 degrees Fahrenheit. Sonia Perez D., BostonGlobe.com, "Death toll in Guatemala volcano eruption now at 25," 4 June 2018 Lava began flowing down the mountain’s flank and across homes and roads around 4 p.m. Eddy Sanchez, director of the country’s seismology and volcanology institute, said the flows reached temperatures of about 1,300 degrees Fahrenheit (700 Celsius). Time, "Guatemala's Fuego Volcano Erupts, Sending Lava Into Homes and Killing 25," 4 June 2018 Eddy Sanchez, director of the country's seismology and volcanology institute, said the flows reached temperatures of about 1,300 degrees. NBC News, "At least 7 killed, 20 hurt by erupting volcano in Guatemala," 4 June 2018 The mission isn’t the first to do seismology in space. Kurtis Alexander, San Francisco Chronicle, "California launch: NASA to send spacecraft to study ‘marsquakes’," 18 Apr. 2018 Predicting earthquakes is the holy grail of seismology. Annie Sneed, Scientific American, "Can Artificial Intelligence Predict Earthquakes?," 15 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of seismology

1858, in the meaning defined above

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seismology

noun

English Language Learners Definition of seismology

: the scientific study of earthquakes

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