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[Spanish, a trembling, earthquake, from temblar, to shake, from Vulgar Latin *tremulāre, from Latin tremulus, shaking; see tremulous.]
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n, pl temblors or temblores (tɛmˈblɔːreɪz)
(Geological Science) chiefly US an earthquake or earth tremor
[C19: American Spanish, from Spanish temblar to shake, tremble]
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tem•blor(ˈtɛm blər, -blɔr; Sp. tɛmˈblɔr)
n., pl. -blors, Sp. -blo•res (-ˈblɔ rɛs)
a tremor; earthquake.
[1895–1900, Amer.; < Sp: literally, a quaking =tembl(ar) to quake + -or -or1]
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|Noun||1.||temblor - shaking and vibration at the surface of the earth resulting from underground movement along a fault plane of from volcanic activity|
seismic disturbance, shock - an instance of agitation of the earth's crust; "the first shock of the earthquake came shortly after noon while workers were at lunch"
geological phenomenon - a natural phenomenon involving the structure or composition of the earth
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