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  • noun A shaking of the Earth's surface; an earthquake or tremor.

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


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Greek seismos, from seiein, to shake.]

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From Ancient Greek σεισμός (seismos, "shaking; earthquake").


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