foreshock

[ fawr-shok, fohr- ]
/ ˈfɔrˌʃɒk, ˈfoʊr- /

noun Geology.

a relatively small earthquake that precedes a greater one by a few days or weeks and originates at or near the focus of the larger earthquake.

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Origin of foreshock

First recorded in 1900–05; fore- + shock1
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British Dictionary definitions for foreshock

foreshock
/ (ˈfɔːˌʃɒk) /

noun

a relatively small earthquake heralding the arrival of a much larger one. Some large earthquakes are preceded by a series of foreshocksCompare aftershock
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