temblor

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

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Examples of temblor in a Sentence

a temblor knocked down many of the buildings in the village
Recent Examples on the Web Since late December, Puerto Rico has been experiencing powerful earthquakes — the most severe was a 6.4-magnitude on Jan. 7 — and smaller temblors. Washington Post, "Puerto Rico welcomes visitors despite recent earthquakes," 22 Jan. 2020 That temblor killed one person, injured nine others and damaged or destroyed hundreds of homes and several schools and businesses in the island’s southwest region. Fox News, "Puerto Rico shocked by magnitude 5.9 earthquake causing further damage to island," 12 Jan. 2020 That temblor killed one person, injured nine others and damaged or destroyed hundreds of homes and several schools and businesses in the island’s southwestern region. Danica Coto, SFChronicle.com, "Magnitude 5.9 shock adds to woes of island residents," 11 Jan. 2020 That temblor killed one person, injured nine others and damaged or destroyed hundreds of homes and several schools and businesses in the island's southwest region. Danica Coto, USA TODAY, "Magnitude 6.0 earthquake rocks quake-stunned Puerto Rico," 11 Jan. 2020 That temblor killed one person, injured nine others, and damaged or destroyed hundreds of homes and several schools and businesses in the island’s southwest region. Danica Coto, BostonGlobe.com, "Magnitude 5.9 shock again rocks quake-stunned Puerto Rico," 11 Jan. 2020 The latest temblors collapsed homes and schools, knocked out power in some regions, triggered landslides, and toppled the natural rock arch Punta Ventana—a popular landmark that was long a draw for tourists. National Geographic, "Why so many earthquakes are rocking Puerto Rico," 11 Jan. 2020 Several smaller temblors followed, including a 4.9 magnitude quake that frightened residents all over again just before 11 a.m., according to the USGS. NBC News, "Earthquake hits Puerto Rico, island jolted by 5.8 magnitude quake," 6 Jan. 2020 The first and largest of those was a 3.4 magnitude temblor recorded shortly after 7 p.m. Dec. 18, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The Seattle Times, oregonlive, "5 earthquakes this week rattle British Columbia for Christmas," 25 Dec. 2019

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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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12 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Temblor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/temblor. Accessed 22 Feb. 2020.

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