Part of speech: noun

A vibration of a portion of the earth's crust.

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Usage examples "earthquake":

  1. But now there came a blast of fire behind him, for the Fire- eaters had disappeared, and all was whirling and shaken before his eyes; and the Plough sped desperately over earthquake and space. - "The Field of Clover", Laurence Housman.
  2. But the earthquake, though it alarm our body, will bring no fear to our mind unless we regard it as an act of justice, of mysterious vengeance, of supernatural punishment. - "The Buried Temple", Maurice Maeterlinck.
  3. In revolutions every rule and safeguard of society is uprooted; the people feel as in an earthquake, nothing is secure, everyone doubts his neighbour. - "With the "Die-Hards" in Siberia", John Ward.