US epicenter

/ (ˈɛpɪˌsɛntə) /

  1. the point on the earth's surface directly above the focus of an earthquake or underground nuclear explosion: Compare focus (def. 6)

  2. informal the absolute centre of something: the epicentre of world sprinting

Origin of epicentre

C19: from New Latin epicentrum, from Greek epikentros over the centre, from epi- + kentron needle; see centre

Derived forms of epicentre

  • epicentral, adjective

Words Nearby epicentre

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How to use epicentre in a sentence

  • 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.

  • Naples lies sixty-nine miles from the north-west epicentre, and here more accurate observations could be made.

  • These are the determination of the double epicentre, and the measurement of the velocity with which the earth-waves travelled.

  • On the opposite side of the epicentre, the waves meet the Sierra de Ronda obliquely.