Definitions

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

  • n. The geophysical science of earthquakes and the mechanical properties of the earth.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The study of the vibration of the Earth's interior caused by natural and unnatural sources, such as earthquakes.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The science of earthquakes.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The branch of science which has for its object the investigation of the causes and effects of earthquakes, and, in general, of all the conditions and circumstances of their occurrence.

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

  • n. the branch of geology that studies earthquakes

Etymologies

From Ancient Greek σεισμός (seismos, "earthquake") and -λογία (-logia, "study of"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • And we have seen quantum improvements in seismology as well as in directional and horizontal drilling, under-sea pipeline construction to name just a few.

    Canada's Role in Global Energy Production

  • His phobia about earthquakes-how can they call seismology a science?

    Wraithbait

  • It's a freeware game about reflection seismology, which is imaging underground structures by sending soundwaves into the ground and interpreting the echos.

    Dr.Dobb's - All Articles

  • The ESA / NASA mission SOHO, observing the Sun since 1995, has paved the way for stellar seismology, which is the approach now extended by COROT to the probing of other stars.

    Signs of the Times

  • Because of the inconvenient ice cover, most Antarctic geology can be studied only by remote-sensing methods such as seismology, which involves setting off explosions, bouncing the soundwaves down through the ice to the earth's crust and recording them on their way back up.

    Terra Incognita

  • "It seems quite likely that they are related," said Brian Baptie, the survey's head of seismology.

    Blackpool earthquake tremors may have been caused by gas drilling

  • Sergio Barrientos, director of the seismology office at the University of Chile, said Sunday's temblor was itself an aftershock of last year's mega-quake.

    Major 7.1-Magnitude Earthquake Hits Chile

  • September's earthquake in Christchurch was nearly 10 times stronger than Tuesday's tremor, but made less of an impact because it struck further from the city, says Adam Pascale , head of seismology at Environmental Systems and Services, a private seismic observatory based in the Australian city of Melbourne.

    Latest Quake Tests Geological Views

  • "Damage is possible in areas hit by at least intensity 5 and if the buildings are structurally weak," said Renato Solidum, head of the volcanology and seismology institute.

    Tsunami watch after Philippines earthquake

  • But the grinding plates of the earth move in mysterious ways, and Friday the largest recorded earthquake in Japan's history - a stunning magnitude 8.9 on the short list of most violent events since the dawn of seismology - hit about 230 miles northeast of Tokyo, generating a tsunami that within minutes socked the coast of Honshu, Japan's largest island.

    Japan: The 'Big One' hit, but not where they thought it would

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