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 seismological (audio) , ˌsīs-​ \ or less commonly seismologic \ ˌsīz-​mə-​ˈlä-​jik How to pronounce seismologic (audio) , ˌsīs-​ \ adjective
seismologist \ sīz-​ˈmä-​lə-​jist How to pronounce seismologist (audio) , sīs-​ \ noun

Examples of seismology in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The headline number: $725 billion in damage, nearly four times what the USGS’s seismology team arrived at for its massive-quake scenario ($200 billion). Tom Philpott, Wired, "The Biblical Flood That Will Drown California," 29 Aug. 2020 Scientists have the equipment in place to measure signals for Earth’s different seismological phenomena, whether that’s earthquakes—the fundamental portion of seismology—or other effects like volcanoes and tsunamis. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Why Earth Has Gotten 50 Percent Quieter Since the Spring," 27 July 2020 Larger earthquakes in the region in the last century included a 6.5-magnitude temblor in 1934 and a magnitude 6.8 quake in 1932, the state seismology lab said., "Nevada Highway Damaged By Largest Area Quake in 65 Years," 19 May 2020 Jones, the doyenne of California seismology, said the odds were favorable for stronger temblors in the area, including a 50 percent chance that the region could see a shaker measuring 6.0 or greater. Dennis Romero, NBC News, "After 2 major earthquakes in 2 days in California, more shaking is expected," 7 July 2019 The 15-member board includes representatives from state agencies and local governments as well as members with expertise in seismology and geology. Phil Willon,, "Ridgecrest earthquakes caused major damage at China Lake naval base," 12 July 2019 So, scientists wondered, why not re-create Pluto’s seismology to find out? Robin George Andrews, Scientific American, "Collision on One Side of Pluto Ripped Up Terrain on the Other, Study Suggests," 26 Mar. 2020 Val is washed, Graboids are hungry There's also a grad student, Rhonda (Finn Carter), who is spending the summer monitoring her university's seismology equipment. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Tremors turns 30, the most perfect B movie creature feature ever made," 19 Jan. 2020 Together, those instruments take measurements of Mars' vital signs, such as its pulse, temperature and reflexes -- which translate to internal activity like seismology and the planet's wobble as the sun and its moons tug on Mars. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "InSight mission is digging into Mars again," 17 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of seismology

1858, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for seismology

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The first known use of seismology was in 1858

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12 Sep 2020

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“Seismology.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of seismology

: the scientific study of earthquakes

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