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Definition of the noun microseism

What does microseism mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: microseisms

  1. a small earthquake
    • lexical domain: Natural Events - nouns denoting natural events
    • 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 of the noun microseism


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


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 previewe-Study Guide for Physical Geology - Earth Revealed, textbook by Diane Carlson (2013)

Earth sciences, Geology by Cram101 Textbook Reviews

Thus a microseism is a small and long ;...

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 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)

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), ft. [< Gr. /imp6r, small, + oao/jor, a shaking.] A slight or weak earthquake-tremor.

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Scrabble value of M3I1C3R1O1S1E1I1S1M3

The value of this 10-letter word is 16 points, but it's not an accepted word in the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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