1. Also, epicentrum. Geology.
a point, directly above the true center of disturbance, from which
the shock waves of an earthquake apparently radiate.
a focal point, as of activity: Manhattan's Chinatown is the epicenter of the city's Chinese community.
Also, especially British, epicentre.
Origin: 1885–90; Related forms
< Neo-Latin epicentrum
< Greek epíkentros
on the center. See epi-