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Definitions and Synonyms of earthquake | Another word for earthquake | What is earthquake?

Definition 1: shaking and vibration at the surface of the earth resulting from underground movement along a fault plane or from volcanic activity - [noun denoting event]

Synonyms for earthquake in the sense of this definition

(earthquake is a kind of ...) a natural phenomenon involving the structure or composition of the earth

(... is a kind of earthquake ) an instance of agitation of the earth's crust

"the first shock of the earthquake came shortly after noon while workers were at lunch"

(... is a kind of earthquake ) a small earthquake

(... is a kind of earthquake ) an earthquake at the sea bed

Definition 2: a disturbance that is extremely disruptive - [noun denoting state]

Samples where earthquake or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • selling the company caused an earthquake among the employees

(earthquake is a kind of ...) a disorderly outburst or tumult

"they were amazed by the furious disturbance they had caused"

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