American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A logarithmic scale used to express the total amount of energy released by an earthquake. Its values typically fall between 0 and 9, with each increase of 1 representing a 10-fold increase in energy.
- n. seismology a logarithmic scale used to express the energy released by an earthquake, each increase of 1 representing a 32-fold increase in energy.
- n. A value on the Richter scale
- n. a logarithmic scale of 1 to 10 formerly used to express the magnitude of an earthquake on the basis of the size of seismograph oscillations
- From American seismologist Charles Richter. (Wiktionary)
- After Charles Francis Richter (1900-1985), American seismologist. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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