Meaning of “the Richter scale” in the English Dictionary

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"the Richter scale" in British English

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the Richter scalenoun [ S ]

uk /ˈrɪk.tə skeɪl/ us /ˈrɪk.t̬ɚ skeɪl/

a system used to measure the strength of an earthquake:

The earthquake in Mexico City registered 7.1 on the Richter scale.

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

"Richter scale" in American English

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Richter scalenoun [ U ]

/ˈrɪk·tər ˌskeɪl/

a system that uses the numbers one through ten and that measures how severe an earthquake is

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