[ af-ter-shok, ahf- ]
/ ˈæf tərˌʃɒk, ˈɑf- /
a small earthquake or tremor that follows a major earthquake.
the effect, result, or repercussion of an event; aftermath; consequence: The aftershock of the bankruptcy was felt throughout the financial community.
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Example sentences from the Web for aftershock
Kimye Heads Back to Vogue: Brace yourselves for the aftershock.Anna Wintour Hosts DNC Fundraiser; Kimye Heads Back to 'Vogue'|The Fashion Beast Team|May 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
One aftershock was significant enough—6.6 magnitude—that some seismologists were describing it as a secondary, full-blown quake.Japan's First Dark Night After the Earthquake and Tsunami|Lennox Samuels|March 11, 2011|DAILY BEAST
British Dictionary definitions for aftershock
/ (ˈɑːftəˌʃɒk) /
one of a series of minor tremors occurring after the main shock of an earthquakeCompare foreshock
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Scientific definitions for aftershock
[ ăf′tər-shŏk′ ]
A less powerful earthquake that follows a more forceful one. Aftershocks usually originate at or near the focus of the main earthquakes they follow and can continue for days or months. They usually decrease in magnitude and frequency with time.
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