Definitions for earthquakeˈɜrθˌkweɪk
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a series of vibrations induced in the earth's crust by the abrupt rupture and rebound of rocks in which elastic strain has been slowly accumulating.
something that is severely disruptive; upheaval.
Origin of earthquake:
earthquake, quake, temblor, seism(noun)
shaking and vibration at the surface of the earth resulting from underground movement along a fault plane of from volcanic activity
a disturbance that is extremely disruptive
"selling the company caused an earthquake among the employees"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
a violent movement of the earth
the San Francisco earthquake of 1906
A shaking of the ground, caused by volcanic activity or movement around geologic faults.
Origin: ertheqwake, corresponding to .
a shaking, trembling, or concussion of the earth, due to subterranean causes, often accompanied by a rumbling noise. The wave of shock sometimes traverses half a hemisphere, destroying cities and many thousand lives; -- called also earthdin, earthquave, and earthshock
like, or characteristic of, an earthquake; loud; starling
Translations for earthquake
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
a shaking of the earth's surface
The village was destroyed by an earthquake.
- terremotoPortuguese (BR)
- das ErdbebenGerman
- زمین لرزه؛ زلزلهFarsi
- tremblement de terreFrench
- רְעִידַת אֲדָמָהHebrew
- gempa bumiIndonesian
- žemės drebėjimasLithuanian
- gempa bumiMalay
- trzęsienie ziemiPolish
- زمین لرزه؛ زلزلهPersian
- tremor de terraPortuguese
- 地震Chinese (Trad.)
- động đấtVietnamese
- 地震Chinese (Simp.)
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