seis·​mol·​o·​gy | \ sīz-ˈmä-lə-jē How to pronounce seismology (audio) , 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 How to pronounce seismology (audio) , ˌsīs-​ \ or less commonly seismologic \ ˌsīz-​mə-​ˈlä-​jik How to pronounce seismology (audio) , ˌsīs-​ \ adjective
seismologist \ sīz-​ˈmä-​lə-​jist How to pronounce seismology (audio) , sīs-​ \ noun

Examples of seismology in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The institute had recently started a seismology section, which expanded rapidly due to the interest a magnitude 9.2 earthquake stimulates. Ned Rozell, Anchorage Daily News, 5 Sep. 2021 On Earth, a network of seismology ground stations identify the epicenter and strength of quakes. Chris Wright, Wired, 4 Aug. 2021 Geologists and planetary scientists have since come to rely on seismology as an essential tool. Lawrence Krauss, WSJ, 28 July 2021 A few thousand miles away, InSight will continue to record quakes and reveal the inner workings of the first rocky planet, other than our own, that scientists have been able to characterize with seismology. Matt Simon, Wired, 22 July 2021 Esperanza Research Station, where the record reading was observed, is an Argentine research station used for studies in glaciology, meteorology, climate science, seismology, and oceanography. Matthew Cappucci, Anchorage Daily News, 2 July 2021 Water in Taal's crater boiled before and after its eruption, a video posted on the Facebook page of the seismology agency showed. NBC News, 1 July 2021 Finding more ways to use fin whale seismology could mean adding less to the cacophony. New York Times, 11 Feb. 2021 After all, even after a century or more of studying Golden State seismology and geology, the destructive 1994 Northridge earthquake occurred on a fault that didn’t even appear on seismic maps. Jennifer Frazer, Scientific American, 23 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of seismology

1858, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for seismology

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“Seismology.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of seismology

: the scientific study of earthquakes

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