Earth"quake` (?), 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.

<-- also temblor, tremor -->

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.


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Earth"quake`, a.

Like, or characteristic of, an earthquake; loud; starling.

The earthquake voice of victory. Byron.


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