Meaning of “earthquake” in the English Dictionary

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"earthquake" in British English

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earthquakenoun [ C ]

uk /ˈɜːθ.kweɪk/ us /ˈɝːθ.kweɪk/

B2 a sudden violent movement of the earth's surface, sometimes causing great damage:

In 1906 an earthquake destroyed much of San Francisco.

(Definition of “earthquake” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"earthquake" in American English

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earthquakenoun [ C ]

us /ˈɜrθˌkweɪk/

earth science a sudden, violent movement of the earth’s surface, often causing damage and sometimes deaths

(Definition of “earthquake” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)