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seismic

[sahyz-mik, sahys-] /ˈsaɪz mɪk, ˈsaɪs-/
adjective
1.
pertaining to, of the nature of, or caused by an earthquake or vibration of the earth, whether due to natural or artificial causes.
Also, seismal, seismical.
Origin
1855-1860
1855-60; seism + -ic
Related forms
seismically, adverb
nonseismic, adjective
unseismal, adjective
unseismic, adjective
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Examples from the web for seismic
  • Ship traffic, seismic tests and sonar pings can make navigating the seas tricky for whales.
  • Seismometers measure the ground motion that results from seismic waves.
  • In the rocks themselves, these vibrations are called seismic waves.
  • The field was later refined and became known as seismic tomography.
  • seismic waves travel at different speeds and strengths through different material.
  • Nobody foresaw the seismic events of the next eight years.
  • Another type is coastal flooding caused by high winds and tides or by seismic sea waves called tsunami.
  • It refers to the convergence of three big seismic events.
  • The first hint of humanity came with the appearance of an immense grid for seismic testing, laboriously traced through the brush.
  • Estimates vary wildly, depending on everything from a region's temperature fluctuations to seismic activity.
British Dictionary definitions for seismic

seismic

/ˈsaɪzmɪk/
adjective
1.
relating to or caused by earthquakes or artificially produced earth tremors Also (less commonly) seismical (ˈsaɪzmɪkəl)
2.
of enormous proportions or having highly significant consequences: seismic social change
Derived Forms
seismically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for seismic
adj.

1858, from seismo- + -ic.

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seismic in Science
seismic
  (sīz'mĭk)   
Relating to an earthquake or to other tremors of the Earth, such as those caused by large explosions.
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