[af-ter-shok, ahf-]


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.

Origin of aftershock

First recorded in 1890–95; after + shock1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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one of a series of minor tremors occurring after the main shock of an earthquakeCompare foreshock
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Word Origin and History for aftershock

also after-shock, 1894, from after + shock (n.1).

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aftershock in Science



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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