seis·​mol·​o·​gy sīz-ˈmä-lə-jē How to pronounce seismology (audio)
: a science that deals with earthquakes and with artificially produced vibrations of the earth
seismological adjective
or less commonly seismologic
seismologist noun

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The Arabian and African plates are moving to the north and interacting with the Eurasian plate, which is essentially in place as a boundary to the north, Joshua Russell, a professor of seismology at Syracuse University, told ABC News. Julia Jacobo, ABC News, 19 Feb. 2023 It's expected that scientists present a broader view of their research in papers, said Vadim Levin, a seismology professor at Rutgers. Eleanor Mccrary, USA TODAY, 15 Feb. 2023 But the science of seismology is simply too young to stop the next major quake, or the legion of quakes after that, from killing many thousands of people. Robin George Andrews, The Atlantic, 7 Feb. 2023 The InSight lander was designed to study martian seismology, geophysics, meteorology and magnetism. Eric Betz, Discover Magazine, 24 Feb. 2020 The realm of extraterrestrial seismology is a small place. Erik Klemetti, Discover Magazine, 26 May 2022 Vera Schlindwein is a professor of seismology at the Alfred-Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research in Germany. Connor Lynch, Discover Magazine, 24 Jan. 2022 The InSight lander's primary mission was to study the effects of seismology and earthquakes on Mars. Justin Klawans, The Week, 21 Dec. 2022 Sri Widiyantoro, a professor of seismology at Bandung Institute of Technology, said the earthquake’s shallow depth of 6.2 miles and the poor construction of buildings in affected villages made the incident particularly damaging. Ismira Lutfia Tisnadibrata And Feliz Solomon, WSJ, 24 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History


International Scientific Vocabulary

First Known Use

1858, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of seismology was in 1858

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“Seismology.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Mar. 2023.

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seis·​mol·​o·​gy sīz-ˈmäl-ə-jē How to pronounce seismology (audio)
: a science that deals with earthquakes and with artificially produced vibrations of the earth
seismological adjective
seismologist noun

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