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

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