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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

Rich′ter scale`(n.)

  1. a logarithmic scale for expressing the magnitude of an earthquake, a measurement under 5 considered minor and over 7 indicating major destruction.

    Category: Geology

Origin of Richter scale:

1935–40; after Charles F. Richter (1900–85), U.S. seismologist

Princeton's WordNet

  1. Richter scale(noun)

    a logarithmic scale of 1 to 10 formerly used to express the magnitude of an earthquake on the basis of the size of seismograph oscillations


  1. Richter scale(Noun)

    A value on the Richter scale

  2. Richter scale(ProperNoun)

    A logarithmic scale used to express the energy released by an earthquake, each increase of 1 representing a 32-fold increase in energy.

  3. Origin: From American seismologist Charles Richter.


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