tem·​blor | \ ˈtem-blər ; 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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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 The temblor damaged several support columns and cracked joints and floor beams. Michelle Baruchman, The Seattle Times, "A look back at the Alaskan Way Viaduct as its demise — and the new Highway 99 tunnel — draw near," 7 Jan. 2019 Strong earthquakes jolted the Indonesian island of Lombok on Sunday, causing power blackouts, landslides and damage to buildings, as the tourist hotspot tries to recover from a temblor earlier this month that killed hundreds of people. Rosidin Sembahulun, Fox News, "Big quakes trigger landslides on Indonesia's Lombok island," 19 Aug. 2018 In 1964, a giant 9.2 temblor, the most powerful recorded in North American history, devastated Anchorage and surrounding cities, causing about 139 deaths. Jim Carlton, WSJ, "Magnitude 7.0 Earthquake Rocks Anchorage," 30 Nov. 2018 An earthquake and an aftershock that followed Sunday were the two largest recorded temblors to rock Alaska’s North Slope, according to quake experts. Dan Joling, The Seattle Times, "Alaska’s North Slope shaken by 2 largest recorded quakes," 14 Aug. 2018 As Hirving Lozano scored the lone goal, monitoring stations in Mexico City picked up the temblor of an artificial earthquake. Editors, USA TODAY, "Here's the biggest news you missed this weekend," 17 June 2018 The temblor’s long, violent shaking likely triggered one or more underwater landslides due to unstable sediment deposited on the seafloor by rivers. Andi Jatmiko, The Seattle Times, "Indonesia expert warned of quake, gov’t mapped risk areas," 9 Oct. 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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