[sahy-zuh m, -suh m]
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- 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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It means literally any instrument capable of seeing, or calling attention to, a seism, or earth-shake.
The word seismoscope is a compound word from Greek consisting of the two words, seism and scope.
Word Origin for seism
C19: from Greek seismos, from seiein to shake
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