tem·​blor | \ ˈtem-blər How to pronounce temblor (audio) ; ˈtem-ˌblȯr, tem-ˈblȯr\

Definition of temblor

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Synonyms for temblor


earthquake, quake, shake, tremor

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Examples of temblor in a Sentence

a temblor knocked down many of the buildings in the village

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More than 430 tiny temblors have rattled Southern California in the past 10 days or so, some just strong enough to be felt by residents, LAist reports. Don Sweeney, sacbee, "Quake swarm unleashes 400 tiny temblors on Southern California. What does it mean?," 4 June 2019 The pipeline was engineered for earthquakes and survived unscathed in a far larger temblor, the magnitude 7.9 quake of November 2002 on the Denali Fault, which passes under the pipeline. Dan Joling, The Seattle Times, "Alaska’s North Slope shaken by 2 largest recorded quakes," 14 Aug. 2018 Hundreds of small earthquakes continued to rumble through the area Saturday, one day after a magnitude-6.9 temblor hit — the largest earthquake to hit Hawaii in more than 40 years. Caleb Jones And Audrey Mcavoy, BostonGlobe.com, "Some calming of Hawaii volcano, but scientists remain wary," 6 May 2018 The last big earthquake in the Channel Islands region before Thursday's temblor was in 1981, which was a magnitude 6.0, Hauksson said. Joseph Serna, latimes.com, "Earthquake that rattled L.A. was most powerful in years," 5 Apr. 2018 InSight’s, by contrast, will detect Martian quakes or temblors that jostle the spacecraft by the width of a single atom. Jeffrey Kluger, Time, "NASA's InSight Lander Is About to Give Mars its First Health Checkup in 4.5 Billion Years," 4 May 2018 The temblor Thursday is the latest and largest in a series of hundreds of small earthquakes to shake the island’s active volcano since the Puu Oo vent crater floor collapsed and caused magma to rush into new underground chambers on Monday. Washington Post, "5.0-magnitude earthquake rattles Hawaii’s Big Island," 5 May 2018 The temblor reminded many of the magnitude 7.3 Hanshin-Kobe quake in 1995 that killed more than 6,000 people in the region. Fox News, "Japan earthquake kills 3 including 9-year-old girl; scores injured," 19 June 2018 An astonished Jesse Cook, who later would be a police commissioner, watched the temblor shiver up Washington Street. Bill Van Niekerken, San Francisco Chronicle, "1906 San Francisco earthquake: Old photos offer new glimpses of devastation," 18 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of temblor

1876, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for temblor

Spanish, literally, trembling, from temblar to tremble, from Medieval Latin tremulare — more at tremble

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The first known use of temblor was in 1876

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