tem·​blor ˈtem-blər How to pronounce temblor (audio)

Examples of temblor in a Sentence

a temblor knocked down many of the buildings in the village
Recent Examples on the Web In a region where many build bricks out of mud, Friday’s earthquake toppled buildings not strong enough to withstand such a mighty temblor, trapping people in the rubble and sending others fleeing in terror. Sam Metz and Mosa'ab Elshamy, Anchorage Daily News, 10 Sep. 2023 But over many years, the slow movement near Africa’s northern coast can build enough stress to cause violent quakes, including Friday’s deadly temblor. Constant Méheut, New York Times, 9 Sep. 2023 The temblor was also felt in Portugal and Spain, according to social media posts. Souhail Karam, Fortune, 9 Sep. 2023 The massive quake and a series of aftershocks have left tens of thousands dead, injured more than 114,000 and displaced two million people while carving a path of destruction that leveled 6,500 buildings, many of them crushing victims who were sleeping when the early morning temblor struck. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, 15 Feb. 2023 As for the earthquake threat, no temblor has ever damaged a delta levee and there are no major faults under the estuary. George Skelton, Los Angeles Times, 22 June 2023 The vast destruction caused by the 7.8-magnitude temblor and a powerful aftershock have posed a new political challenge for Mr. Erdogan, Turkey’s paramount politician for two decades, while drastically complicating the logistics of holding elections with so many communities in ruins. Gulsin Harman, New York Times, 1 Mar. 2023 It was felt as far away as Egypt and Lebanon and was followed by a 5.8-magnitude temblor. Jared Malsin, WSJ, 21 Feb. 2023 It was felt in Syria, Jordan, Cyprus, Israel and as far away as Egypt, and was followed by a second, magnitude 5.8 temblor. Jane Onyanga-Omara, USA TODAY, 21 Feb. 2023 See More

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'temblor.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Word History


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

First Known Use

1876, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of temblor was in 1876

Dictionary Entries Near temblor

Cite this Entry

“Temblor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/temblor. Accessed 30 Sep. 2023.

More from Merriam-Webster on temblor

Last Updated: - Updated example sentences
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!