- A rumbling a little while after an earthquake happens is an example of an aftershock.
- The loss of all of your money after putting it all into risky stocks in an example of an aftershock.
The definition of an aftershock is an earthquake near or in the same place as an earlier earthquake, or an effect or result of an event.
a minor earthquake, usually one of a series, that follows a larger earthquake and originates at or near the same place
- A quake of lesser magnitude, usually one of a series, following a large earthquake in the same area.
- A further reaction following the shock of a deeply disturbing occurrence or revelation: “The industry continued to reel from aftershocks of a disastrous [year]” ( David Lake )
A less powerful earthquake that follows a more forceful one. Aftershocks usually originate at or near the focus of the main earthquakes they follow and can continue for days or months. They usually decrease in magnitude and frequency with time.
From after- + shock