a combining form meaning “earthquake,” used in the formation of compound words: seismograph.

Nearby words

  1. seismic sea wave,
  2. seismic wave,
  3. seismic waves,
  4. seismicity,
  5. seismism,
  6. seismogram,
  7. seismograph,
  8. seismographic,
  9. seismography,
  10. seismol.

Origin of seismo-

see origin at seism, -o- Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for seismo-


before a vowel seism-

combining form


Word Origin for seismo-

from Greek seismos

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Word Origin and History for seismo-


word-forming element meaning "earthquake," from comb. form of Greek seismos "a shaking, shock; an earthquake," from seiein "to shake," from PIE root *twei- "to agitate, shake, toss."

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