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Pronunciation:  'urth`kweyk

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  shaking and vibration at the surface of the earth resulting from underground movement along a fault plane of from volcanic activity

EARTHQUAKE is a 10 letter word that starts with E.


 Synonyms: quake, seism, temblor
 See Also: earth tremor, geological phenomenon, microseism, seaquake, seismic disturbance, shock, submarine earthquake, tremor



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Earth"quake`\, n.
    A shaking, trembling, or concussion of the earth, due to
    subterranean causes, often accompanied by a rumbling noise.
    The wave of shock sometimes traverses half a hemisphere,
    destroying cities and many thousand lives; -- called also
    {earthdin}, {earthquave}, and {earthshock}.
    {Earthquake alarm}, a bell signal constructed to operate on
       the theory that a few seconds before the occurrence of an
       earthquake the magnet temporarily loses its power.
  2. \Earth"quake`\, a.
    Like, or characteristic of, an earthquake; loud; starling.
          The earthquake voice of victory.         --Byron.
Computing Dictionary

(IBM) The ultimate real-world shock test for computer hardware. Hackish sources at ibm deny the rumor that the San Francisco Bay Area quake of 1989 was initiated by the company to test quality-assurance procedures at its California plants.

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Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Dreaming of an earthquake, suggests that you are experiencing a major "shake-up" that is threatening your stability and foundation. The dream highlights you insecurity, fears and sense of helplessness. If you find cover from the quake, you will overcome these challenges. If you become trapped or injured during the quake, you will suffer loss of your business and assets.
Easton Bible Dictionary

mentioned among the extraordinary phenomena of Palestine (Ps. 18:7; comp. Hab. 3:6; Nah. 1:5; Isa. 5:25).

The first earthquake in Palestine of which we have any record happened in the reign of Ahab (1 Kings 19:11, 12). Another took place in the days of Uzziah, King of Judah (Zech. 14:5). The most memorable earthquake taking place in New Testament times happened at the crucifixion of our Lord (Matt. 27:54). An earthquake at Philippi shook the prison in which Paul and Silas were imprisoned (Act 16:26).

It is used figuratively as a token of the presence of the Lord (Judg. 5:4; 2 Sam. 22:8; Ps. 77:18; 97:4; 104:32).

Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: apoplexy, breakup, cataclysm, climax, convulsion, diastrophism, disaster, fit, overthrow, paroxysm, quake, quaker, shake, shock, spasm, stroke, temblor, tidal wave, tremor, tsunami, upheaval