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

  • n. The process of liquefying.
  • n. The state of being liquefied.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Process of, or state of having been, made liquid.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act or operation of making or becoming liquid; especially, the conversion of a solid into a liquid by the sole agency of heat.
  • n. The state of being liquid.
  • n. The act, process, or method, of reducing a gas or vapor to a liquid by means of cold or pressure.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act or process of liquefying, or of rendering or becoming liquid; reduction to a liquid state.
  • n. The state of being liquefied or melted.
  • n.

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

  • n. the conversion of a solid or a gas into a liquid


Middle English liquefaccion, from Old French liquefacion, from Late Latin liquefactiō, liquefactiōn-, from Latin liquefactus, past participle of liquefacere, to make liquid; see liquefy.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


  • "It is extremely difficult to get around owing to what they call 'liquefaction' of the ground and sink holes."

    Eyewitness account of New Zealand earthquake

  • Along the Rose Canyon Fault is something scientists called liquefaction, which is when the ground is considered sandy or soft and it acts like gelatin during an earthquake. - Local News

  • Experts said another anticipated fallout from the liquefaction is a decline in Urayasu's property prices.

    Quake Bogs Down a Tokyo Suburb

  • Rocks tumbled from hills in the eastern suburbs, where the earthquake also pushed up a watery silt that is created during some quakes, a process called liquefaction.

    Strong quakes rock New Zealand city

  • A flood of liquid sand and earth, known as liquefaction, emerged from the cracks in the land.

    A Shock to the System

  • The problem: a phenomenon called liquefaction, when an earthquake forces underground water up through loose soil. Front Page

  • In Urayasu, a coastal city just 10 miles east of central Tokyo, the quake tore up pavement and tipped over houses as the ground quickly turned to mud in a phenomenon known as liquefaction.

    NYT > Home Page

  • The tsunami submerged the runway at Sendai airport, while a process known as liquefaction, caused by the intense shaking of the tremor, turned parts of the ground to liquid.

    Yahoo! News: Business - Opinion

  • Earthquakes can cause sections of earth to liquefy and push up to the surface as watery silt, a process called liquefaction.

    The Seattle Times

  • David Everitt, Becker's chief of staff, says Ament's claim that the proposed building site is at high risk for a seismic process called liquefaction is inaccurate.



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