Definitions for: Shake


[n] causing to move repeatedly from side to side
[n] reflex shaking caused by cold or fear or excitement
[n] grasping and shaking a person's hand (as to acknowledge an introduction or to agree on a contract)
[n] a note that alternates rapidly with another note a semitone above it
[n] frothy drink of milk and flavoring and sometimes fruit or ice cream
[n] building material used as siding or roofing
[v] move with or as if with a tremor; "his hands shook"; "My legs trembled when I went onstage"
[v] bring to a specified condition by or as if by shaking; "He was shaken from his dreams"; "shake the salt out of the salt shaker"
[v] undermine or cause to waver; "my faith has been shaken"; "The bad news shook her hopes"
[v] shake (a body part) to communicate a greeting, feeling, or cognitive state; "shake one's head"; "She shook her finger at the naguhty students"; "The old enemies shook hands"; "Don't shake your fist at me!"
[v] stir the feelings or emotions of; "These stories shook the community"
[v] move back and forth in an unstable manner; "the ship was rocking"; "the tall building swayed"; "the tree shook in the wind"
[v] move or cause to move quickly back and forth; "The chemist shook the flask vigorously"; "My hands were shaking"
[v] (British) shake or vibrate rapidly and intensively; "The old engine was juddering"
[v] get rid of; "I couldn't shake the car that was following me"



Webster (1913) Definition: Shake,
obs. p. p. of Shake. --Chaucer.


Shake, v. t. [imp. Shook; p. p. Shaken, (Shook,
obs.); p. pr. & vb. n. Shaking.] [OE. shaken, schaken, AS.
scacan, sceacan; akin to Icel. & Sw. skaka, OS. skakan, to
depart, to flee. [root]161. Cf. Shock, v.]
1. To cause to move with quick or violent vibrations; to move
rapidly one way and the other; to make to tremble or
shiver; to agitate.

As a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is
shaken of a mighty wind. --Rev. vi. 13.

Ascend my chariot; guide the rapid wheels That shake
heaven's basis. --Milton.

2. Fig.: To move from firmness; to weaken the stability of;
to cause to waver; to impair the resolution of.

When his doctrines grew too strong to be shook by
his enemies, they persecuted his reputation.
--Atterbury.

Thy equal fear that my firm faith and love Can by
his fraud be shaken or seduced. --Milton.

3. (Mus.) To give a tremulous tone to; to trill; as, to shake
a note in music.

4. To move or remove by agitating; to throw off by a jolting
or vibrating motion; to rid one's self of; -- generally
with an adverb, as off, out, etc.; as, to shake fruit down
from a tree.

Shake off the golden slumber of repose. --Shak.

'Tis our fast intent To shake all cares and business
from our age. --Shak.

I could scarcely shake him out of my company.
--Bunyan.

To shake a cask (Naut.), to knock a cask to pieces and pack
the staves.

To shake hands, to perform the customary act of civility by
clasping and moving hands, as an expression of greeting,
farewell, good will, agreement, etc.

To shake out a reef (Naut.), to untile the reef points and
spread more canvas.

To shake the bells. See under Bell.

To shake the sails (Naut.), to luff up in the wind, causing
the sails to shiver. --Ham. Nav. Encyc.


Shake, v. i.
To be agitated with a waving or vibratory motion; to tremble;
to shiver; to quake; to totter.

Under his burning wheels The steadfast empyrean shook
throughout, All but the throne itself of God. --Milton.

What danger? Who 's that that shakes behind there?
--Beau. & Fl.

Shaking piece, a name given by butchers to the piece of
beef cut from the under side of the neck. See Illust. of
Beef.


Shake, n.
1. The act or result of shaking; a vacillating or wavering
motion; a rapid motion one way and other; a trembling,
quaking, or shivering; agitation.

The great soldier's honor was composed Of thicker
stuff, which could endure a shake. --Herbert.

Our salutations were very hearty on both sides,
consisting of many kind shakes of the hand.
--Addison.

2. A fissure or crack in timber, caused by its being dried
too suddenly. --Gwilt.

3. A fissure in rock or earth.

4. (Mus.) A rapid alternation of a principal tone with
another represented on the next degree of the staff above
or below it; a trill.

5. (Naut.) One of the staves of a hogshead or barrel taken
apart. --Totten.

6. A shook of staves and headings. --Knight.

7. (Zo["o]l.) The redshank; -- so called from the nodding of
its head while on the ground. [Prov. Eng.]

No great shakes, of no great importance. [Slang] --Byron.

The shakes, the fever and ague. [Colloq. U.S.]

Synonyms: agitate, didder, escape from, excite, handclasp, handshake, handshaking, judder, milk shake, milkshake, rock, shake off, shake up, shingle, shiver, stimulate, stir, sway, throw off, tremble, tremble, trill, wag, waggle

See Also: acknowledgement, acknowledgment, affright, agitate, agitation, alter, animate, arouse, break loose, building material, change, concuss, convulse, drink, eggshake, elate, elicit, enkindle, enliven, escape, evoke, exalt, fan, fire, fluff up, foment, frappe, fright, frighten, fuel, gesticulate, gesture, get away, inborn reflex, innate reflex, inspire, instinctive reflex, intoxicate, invigorate, invite, jactitate, jiggle, joggle, kindle, lift up, malt, malted, malted milk, motion, move, move back and forth, move involuntarily, move reflexively, musical note, note, nutate, palpitate, physiological reaction, pick up, plump up, provoke, quake, raise, rattle, reflex, scare, sex, shake up, slash, sparge, stir up, succuss, swag, tempt, thrash, thrash about, thresh, thresh about, thrill, tickle, titillate, tone, toss, tremble, tremor, turn on, unconditioned reflex, uplift, vibrate, vibrate, weaken, wiggle, wind up

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Famous Quotes Containing Shake:


I forgot to shake hands and be friendly. It was an important lesson about leadership.

-- Lee Iacocca (American Businessman)

To shake your rump is to be environmentally aware.

-- David Byrne (Scottish Musician)

There are those moments when you shake someone's hand, have a conversation with someone, and suddenly your all bound together because you share your humanity in one simple moment.

-- Ralph Fiennes (British Actor)

Every minute you are thinking of evil, you might have been thinking of good instead. Refuse to pander to a morbid interest in your own misdeeds. Pick yourself up, be sorry, shake yourself, and go on again.

-- Evelyn Underhill (English Writer)

I used to go home at night and just shake, because I had no idea that's what acting was gonna be.

-- Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio (American Actress)

I feel that these stories are being written to articulate certain confusions and disappointments, and I do mean to shake up the reader, and I do hope they're on target.

-- Ann Beattie (American Writer)

I wanted to play around with the format, really tear it to pieces and shake it up. For example, if Mitch saves someone from drowning, and that person then goes out and releases a virus that kills a million people. Imagine the moral implications of that.

-- David Hasselhoff (American Actor)

Lately, I can't shake the feeling that I've been living a dream for the last 10 years or so; I can't account for most of my 20s, and I have to continually remind myself that certain people are dead now and many of my friends have children.

-- Chris Ware (American Artist)

Despair and frustration will not shake our belief that the resistance is the only way of liberation.

-- Emile Lahud (Lebanese Statesman)

I think that if you shake the tree, you ought to be around when the fruit falls to pick it up.

-- Mary Cassatt (American Artist)

Today is life-the only life you are sure of. Make the most of today. Get interested in something. Shake yourself awake. Develop a hobby. Let the winds of enthusiasm sweep through you. Live today with gusto.

-- Dale Carnegie (American Writer)

Elvis was the only man from Northeast Mississippi who could shake his hips and still be loved by rednecks, cops, and hippies.

-- Jimmy Buffett (American Musician)

The way the business things work in Russia is you have to meet people, you have to go through a certain amount of etiquette and business things are done just simply by a shake of the hand and whether they like you or not.

-- Marc Almond (British Musician)

We, we - as I say, we go in and shake up other industries and I think, you know, we do it differently and I think that industries are not quite the same as a result of Virgin attacking the market.

-- Richard Branson (British Businessman)

First I shake the whole Apple tree, that the ripest might fall. Then I climb the tree and shake each limb, and then each branch and then each twig, and then I look under each leaf.

-- Martin Luther (German Leader)

We are all the same person trying to shake hands with our self.

-- Wavy Gravy (American Activist)

If you shake your fist, the other guy will shake his too. But if you extend your hand to shake their hand, then they will extend theirs also, and you've made a friend.

-- Ricardo Montalban (Mexican Actor)

Well, sometimes if I go out to dinner with my family, people will come up to me and put their hand across my plate for me to shake, sometimes when I have a bite of food in my mouth. I find this a bit disturbing.

-- Abdul Qadeer Khan (Pakistani Scientist)

The new century has brought on its own terrible dangers, which although not reaching the apocalyptic potential of the Cold War, still have the capacity to shake our world.

-- Adam Schiff (American Politician)

Rather than saying that the commissioner is hired by the owners and therefore is subservient to them, you have to look at whether or not the players are getting a fair shake.

-- Pete Rozelle (American Celebrity)

The great gift of Easter is hope - Christian hope which makes us have that confidence in God, in his ultimate triumph, and in his goodness and love, which nothing can shake.

-- Basil C. Hume ( -)

Shake was a dramatist of note; He lived by writing things to quote.

-- H. C. Bunner (American Journalist)

I tell the person I won't take a picture or sign the autograph, but I will shake their hand. That kind of personal touch is all they're really seeking.

-- Chevy Chase (American Comedian)

The actual getting into the gym and working out process was easier, but the eating was harder. I had to eat every two hours. At one point, my trainer said, 'Put anything in your mouth. Go to McDonald's, get the biggest shake possible. I just need to get calories in you.' Because my body fat at the time was only, like, 7.5%.

-- Taylor Lautner ( Actor)

Do you think when two representatives holding diametrically opposing views get together and shake hands, the contradictions between our systems will simply melt away? What kind of a daydream is that?

-- Nikita Khrushchev (Russian Statesman)

What is more mortifying than to feel that you have missed the plum for want of courage to shake the tree?

-- Logan P. Smith (American Writer)

I've had some threaten not to give Communion to me, even though they don't know my position, just because I'm a Democrat. I've had cardinals refuse to shake my hand because I'm a Democrat.

-- Bart Stupak (American Politician)

You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist.

-- Indira Gandhi (Indian Statesman)

I shall now proceed to my own experience, which hath truly convinced me, the Lord is awakened as one out of sleep; and the voice of the Lord will shake terribly the earth.

-- Joanna Southcott (English Celebrity)

When I started really singing I was 17, 18 years old. I used to go around trying to be a singer in the Bronx. My knees would shake but I learned by doing.

-- Dominic Chianese (American Actor)

I've spent my career trying to help people without connections understand what's going on so that they have a chance of getting a fair shake from the connected and the powerful.

-- Allan Sloan ( -)

One of my very greatest fears as a child was being ridiculed in public. And there it was coming true. As a television presenter, I'd been respected. People come up to you in the street and shake your hand and talk to you in a respectful way.

-- David Icke (English Athlete)

One thing is certain, You can't shake hands with a fist.

-- David Allan Coe (American Musician)

I'm being trained to shake the bon-bon appropriately.

-- Clay Aiken (American Musician)

Sometimes I want to clean up my desk and go out and say, respect me, I'm a respectable grown-up, and other times I just want to jump into a paper bag and shake and bake myself to death.

-- Wendy Wasserstein (American Playwright)


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