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    1. earth·quake
      IPA[ˈərTHˌkwāk]
    2. n. noun

      • 1. a sudden and violent shaking of the ground, sometimes causing great destruction, as a result of movements within the earth's crust or volcanic action.

        Synonym : earth tremor, tremor, shock, foreshock, aftershock, convulsion, seismic activity, quake
      • 2. a great upheaval:

        a political earthquake
    3. Variation

      • n.: noun: earthquake, plural noun: earthquakes

      • noun

        a sudden violent shaking of the ground, typically causing great destruction, as a result of movements within the earth's crust or volcanic action.

        a great upheaval:

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