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microseism

Definition of microseism

What does microseism mean?

noun

  1. a small earthquake
    • synonyms of microseism: earth tremor / tremor
    • more generic words: earthquake / quake / seism / temblor = shaking and vibration at the surface of the earth resulting from underground movement along a fault plane or from volcanic activity
    • more specific words:
      • aftershock = a tremor (or one of a series of tremors) occurring after the main shock of an earthquake
      • foreshock = a tremor preceding an earthquake

Alternative definition

noun

  1. A faint earth tremor caused by natural phenomena, such as wind.

Explanation

Microseism: In seismology, a microseism is defined as a faint earth tremor caused by natural phenomena. The term is most commonly used to refer to the dominant background seismic noise signal on Earth, which are mostly composed of Rayleigh waves and caused by water waves in the oceans and lakes. Thus a microseism is a small and long-continuing oscillation of the ground.

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Google previewRock Dynamics and Applications - State of the Art (2013)

by Jian Zhao, Jianchun Li

Microseismic monitoring Microseism is a dynamic phenomenon which is accompanied with the initiation, development and penetrating of fracture in coal rock mass. For different stress states and characters of coal rock mass, the ...

Google previewDictionary of Mining, Mineral, and Related Terms (2003)

by American Geological Institute

microseism A collective term for small motions in the Earth that are unrelated to an earthquake and that have a ...

Google previewDictionary of the Physical Sciences (1987)

Terms, Formulas, Data by Cesare Emiliani

microseism ...

Google previewThe Facts on File Dictionary of Earth Science (2009)

by Jacqueline Smith

seismic noise See microseism. seismic reflection The technique ...

Google previewDictionary of Geological Terms (1984)

Third Edition by Robert Latimer Bates, Julia A. Jackson

microseism (mi'-cro-seism) A collective term for small motions in the earth that are unrelated to an earthquake and that have a period of 1.0-9.0 sec. They are caused by a variety of natural and artificial agents,  ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Geology and Earth Sciences (2013)

by Michael Allaby

microearthquake See MICROSEISM. microerosion meter ( MEM) A device ...

Google previewThe Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia: The Century dictionary ... prepared under the superintendence of William Dwight Whitney ... rev. & enl. under the superintendence of Benjamin E. Smith (1911)

microseismology (mi ' kro - sis - mol ' o - ji), n. [microseism + - ology.

Google previewThe Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia: New volumes (1909)

by William Dwight Whitney, Benjamin Eli Smith

[microseism + -ology.] The scientific study of microseisms or small earth-tremors. microseismometer (mi'kro-sis-mom'e-ter), n. [Gr. /jmpdr, small, + E. seismometer."] An apparatus for detecting slight earth-tremors, and showing their direction, ...

Google previewDictionary geotechnical engineering (1998)

by Herbert Bucksch

Schallaktivitat unterhalb der Horgrenze • microsonic activity Mikroseismik f, Erdbebenphysik/, Mikroseis- mologie f earthquake physics, seismic physics, seismological physics Mikroseismik f, Bodenunruhe/ • microseism, seismic noise [Small ...

Google previewChambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary of the English Language (1907)

by Thomas Davidson

Microseism, ml'krO-siam, ». a slight earthquake tremor.— adn. Mlcrosels mic, -al. — ns. Mlcroaeis mograph ; Microseismom etry. Mlcrosoma, ml-krO-sd'tna, « one of the minute granules embedded in the hyaline plasm of the protoplasm of ...

Google previewThe Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia: Dictionary (1906)

by William Dwight Whitney

microseism (mi'kro-sism), n. [< Gr. fUKp6e, small, + ceiofios, a shaking.] A slight or weak earthquake-tremor. We may feel sure that earth tremors or microseisms are not confined to countries habitually vialted by the grosser ...

Google previewThe Century dictionary and cyclopedia (1899)

by Benjamin Eli Smith

microseism ...

Google previewThe Century Dictionary (1890)

An Encyclopedic Lexicon of the English Language by William Dwight Whitney

microseism (mi'kro-sism), H. [< Gr. pmpde, small, + oetofioc, a shaking.] A slight or weak earthquake-tremor. We may feel ...

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