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seism

[ sahy-zuh m, -suh m ]
/ ˈsaɪ zəm, -səm /
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noun

an earthquake.

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RELATED WORDS

tremor, quake

Nearby words

seiner, seirios, seise, seisin, seising, seism, seismic, seismic array, seismic gap, seismic sea wave, 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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Examples from the Web for seism

  • It means literally any instrument capable of seeing, or calling attention to, a seism, or earth-shake.

    The Wonder Book of Volcanoes and Earthquakes|Edwin J. Houston
  • The word seismoscope is a compound word from Greek consisting of the two words, seism and scope.

British Dictionary definitions for seism

seism

/ (ˈsaɪzəm) /

noun

a less common name for earthquake

Word Origin for seism

C19: from Greek seismos, from seiein to shake
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