seism

[sahy-zuh m, -suh m]

noun

an earthquake.

Nearby words

  1. seiner,
  2. seirios,
  3. seise,
  4. seisin,
  5. seising,
  6. seismic,
  7. seismic array,
  8. seismic gap,
  9. seismic sea wave,
  10. seismic wave

Origin of seism

1880–85; < Greek seismós, equivalent to seis-, stem of seíein to shake, quake + -mos noun suffix; cf. -ism

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British Dictionary definitions for seism

seism

noun

a less common name for earthquake

Word Origin for seism

C19: from Greek seismos, from seiein to shake

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