Definitions

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

Etymologies

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

Middle English liquefaccion, from Old French liquefacion, from Late Latin liquefactiō, liquefactiōn-, from Latin liquefactus, past participle of liquefacere, to make liquid; see liquefy.

Examples

  • "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.

    10News.com - 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.

    KansasCity.com: 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.

    KCPW

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  • Earthquake-induced soil liquefaction (liquefaction) is a leading cause of earthquake damage worldwide. Liquefaction is often described in the literature as the phenomena of seismic generation of excess porewater pressures and consequent softening of granular soils. Many regions in the United States have been witness to liquefaction and its consequences, not just those in the west that people associate with earthquake hazards.
    National Academies Press, State of the Art and Practice in the Assessment of Earthquake-Induced Soil Liquefaction and Its Consequences (2016)

    December 27, 2016

  • Next, when I cast mine eyes and see

    That brave vibration each way free

    O how that glittering taketh me!

    October 26, 2010

  • Whenas in silks my Julia goes,

    Then, then, methinks, how sweetly flows

    That liquefaction of her clothes.

    —Herrick, 'Upon Julia's Clothes'

    July 15, 2008