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Mar 24, 2015
This week’s theme
Unusual synonyms

This week’s words
expectorate
seism
autochthon
leechdom
festinate

seismograph
“Seismograph”

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seism

PRONUNCIATION:
(SY-zuhm)

MEANING:
noun: Earthquake.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Greek seismos, from seiein (to shake). Earliest documented use: 1883.

USAGE:
“The deep seisms are hundreds of thousands of small, individual quakes occurring in parts of the deep crust.”
Keay Davidson; Deep Tremors Could Be Clues to Surface Quakes; San Francisco Chronicle; Mar 15, 2007.

See more usage examples of seism in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Poetry is the shadow cast by our streetlight imaginations. -Lawrence Ferlinghetti, poet and painter (b. 24 Mar 1919)

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