from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A sudden movement of the earth's crust caused by the release of stress accumulated along geologic faults or by volcanic activity. Also called seism, temblor.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Like, or characteristic of, an earthquake; loud; startling.
- n. 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A movement or vibration of a part of the earth's crust.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a disturbance that is extremely disruptive
- n. shaking and vibration at the surface of the earth resulting from underground movement along a fault plane of from volcanic activity
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At Prophecy Update Jimmy DeYoung fills us in that:The word "earthquake" is used 19 times in the Bible, 13 times in the prophetic passages of the Word of God.
Whether this earthquake is a punishment from God, I do not know.
May be this earthquake is the begining of a new era for that nation.
"A man like me," Gandhi argued, "cannot but believe this earthquake is a divine chastisement sent by God for our sins" — in particular the sins of untouchability.
A few students took it as an opportunity to joke around with me in English if they've learned nothing else from me, they now know the word "earthquake", but a few other students were crying, some from shock and some from actual concern.
This instantaneous release of mechanical energy is what we call earthquake and the strength of the quake is dependent upon the amount of energy accumulated in the rock over the years.
But the word earthquake fit Myles’s tongue; it was something he understood, and it called for the same plan of action as whatever was really happening here, events he couldn’t quite grasp.
A flexible building, such as a wood framed house, or a building specifically engineered to flex during an earthquake is the most likely to survive.
The first thing you have to do after an earthquake is clear the brush.
When your days are spent in a struggle to ward off starvation, finding a shelter that will withstand an earthquake is never going to make your list of concerns.