seismology

[ sahyz-mol-uh-jee, sahys- ]
/ saɪzˈmɒl ə dʒi, saɪs- /

noun

the science or study of earthquakes and their phenomena.

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Also called seismography.

Origin of seismology

First recorded in 1855–60; seismo- + -logy

OTHER WORDS FROM seismology

seis·mo·log·ic [sahyz-muh-loj-ik, sahys-] /ˌsaɪz məˈlɒdʒ ɪk, ˌsaɪs-/, seis·mo·log·i·cal, adjectiveseis·mo·log·i·cal·ly, adverbseis·mol·o·gist, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for seismologist

seismology
/ (saɪzˈmɒlədʒɪ) /

noun

the branch of geology concerned with the study of earthquakes and seismic waves

Derived forms of seismology

seismologic (ˌsaɪzməˈlɒdʒɪk) or seismological, adjectiveseismologically, adverbseismologist, noun
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Scientific definitions for seismologist

seismology
[ sīz-mŏlə-jē ]

The scientific study of earthquakes and of the internal structure of the Earth. It includes the study of the origin, geographic distribution, effects, and possible prediction of earthquakes.
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Cultural definitions for seismologist

seismology
[ (seyez-mol-uh-jee) ]

The branch of science devoted to the study of seismic waves and the information they provide about the structure of the interior of the Earth.

notes for seismology

Our knowledge of the properties of the crust, the mantle, and the core comes from this field.
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