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EARTHQUAKE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does earthquake mean? 

EARTHQUAKE (noun)
  The noun EARTHQUAKE has 2 senses:

1. shaking and vibration at the surface of the earth resulting from underground movement along a fault plane of from volcanic activity
2. a disturbance that is extremely disruptive

  Familiarity information: EARTHQUAKE used as a noun is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


EARTHQUAKE (noun)


Sense 1earthquake [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Shaking and vibration at the surface of the earth resulting from underground movement along a fault plane of from volcanic activity

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Synonyms:

earthquake; quake; seism; temblor

Hypernyms ("earthquake" is a kind of...):

geological phenomenon (a natural phenomenon involving the structure or composition of the earth)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "earthquake"):

seismic disturbance; shock (an instance of agitation of the earth's crust)

earth tremor; microseism; tremor (a small earthquake)

seaquake; submarine earthquake (an earthquake at the sea bed)


Sense 2earthquake [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A disturbance that is extremely disruptive

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Context example:

selling the company caused an earthquake among the employees

Hypernyms ("earthquake" is a kind of...):

commotion; disruption; disturbance; flutter; hoo-ha; hoo-hah; hurly burly; kerfuffle; to-do (a disorderly outburst or tumult)


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