Earthquake

Definition of Earthquake

Earth´quake`
n.1.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.
Earthquake alarm
a bell signal constructed to operate on the theory that a few seconds before the occurrence of an earthquake the magnet temporarily loses its power.
a.1.Like, or characteristic of, an earthquake; loud; startling.
The earthquake voice of victory.
- Byron.

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