EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun 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.
, especially British ep·i·cen·tre. Origin of epicenter 1885–90;
New Latin epicentrum
on the center. See
center Related forms ep·i·cen·tral, adjective
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Examples from the Web for epicentre Historical Examples of epicentre British Dictionary definitions for epicentre noun the point on the earth's surface directly above the focus of an earthquake or underground nuclear explosion Compare focus (def. 6) informal the absolute centre of something the epicentre of world sprinting Derived Forms epicentral, adjective Word Origin for epicentre
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 n.
chiefly British English spelling of
epicenter; for spelling, see -re. n.
1887, from Modern Latin
epicentrum (1879 in geological use); see epi- + center. Related: Epicentral (1866).
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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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