Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The point of the earth's surface directly above the focus of an earthquake.
  • n. A focal point: stood at the epicenter of the international crisis.

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  • n. Alternative spelling of epicentre.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In seismology, a point on the earth's surface from which earth quake-waves seem to go out as a center. It is situated directly above the true center of disturbance, or seismic focus.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the point on the Earth's surface directly above the focus of an earthquake

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Examples

  • ReutersAt the time, Mr. Obama noted the war's "enormous costs in lives and resources" but said he was convinced that U.S. security was at stake in what he called the epicenter of violent extremism in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

    Obama to Announce Decision on Afghanistan Troop Drawdown

  • The glorious thing about shooting for the epicenter is the room for error.

    The Killing Zone

  • The word epicenter refers to the point on the Earth’s surface above the underground center, or focus, of an earthquake.

    Essential Guide to Business Style and Usage

  • Missouri has proclaimed this the Year of Twain, and the epicenter is Hannibal, where the author spent much of his youth.

    More places to celebrate Mark Twain

  • But the Twain 2010 epicenter is arguably Hannibal, the inspiration for the idyllic river town of St. Petersburg in The Adventures of Tom Sawyerand Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

    Mark Twain's celebrated Missouri hometown is jumping again

  • This broadest definition spans 11 counties, but for second-home purposes, the epicenter is what locals call the Mid-Hudson Valley (or Mid-Valley), between the river and the Massachusetts border, including Dutchess and Columbia counties.

    Second homes: New Yorkers escape to the Hudson Valley

  • BARBARA STARR, CNN PENTAGON CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): The secretary of Defense making it clear the U.S. will maintain a strong presence in a region that he calls the epicenter of jihad.

    CNN Transcript Oct 6, 2009

  • STARR (voice-over): The secretary of defense making it clear the U.S. will maintain a strong presence in a region that he calls the epicenter of jihad.

    CNN Transcript Oct 6, 2009

  • BARBARA STARR, CNN PENTAGON CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): The secretary of defense making it clear, the U.S. will maintain a strong presence in a region that he calls the epicenter of jihad.

    CNN Transcript Oct 6, 2009

  • The epicenter is really the diocese of Covington, Kentucky, where the catholic church has proposed the largest single sex-abuse settlement in history.

    06/27/2005

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