- Also epicentrum. Geology. a point, directly above the true center of disturbance, from which the shock waves of an earthquake apparently radiate.
- a focal point, as of activity: Manhattan's Chinatown is the epicenter of the city's Chinese community.
Also especially British, ep·i·cen·tre.
Origin of epicenter
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The sounds are rarely heard by them more than a few miles from the epicentre.
At the epicentre, the angle of emergence is a right-angle; at a great distance from the epicentre, it is nearly zero.
On the opposite side of the epicentre, the waves meet the Sierra de Ronda obliquely.
The portion of the earth's surface which is vertically above the seismic focus is called the epicentre.
The method employed by him for the purpose is no less simple theoretically than that used for locating the epicentre.
- the point on the earth's surface directly above the focus of an earthquake or underground nuclear explosionCompare focus (def. 6)
- informal the absolute centre of somethingthe epicentre of world sprinting
C19: from New Latin epicentrum, from Greek epikentros over the centre, from epi- + kentron needle; see centre
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Word Origin and History for epicentre
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- The point on the Earth's surface that is directly above the focus (the point of origin) of an earthquake. The epicenter is usually the location where the greatest damage associated with an earthquake occurs. See Note at earthquake.
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