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Definitions of shake

  1. move or cause to move quickly back and forth; " The chemist shook the flask vigorously"; " My hands were shaking"
  2. move with or as if with a tremor; " his hands shook"; " My legs trembled when I went onstage"
  3. get rid of; " I couldn't shake the car that was following me"
  4. stir the feelings or emotions of; " These stories shook the community"
  5. grasping and shaking a person's hand ( as to acknowledge an introduction or to agree on a contract)
  6. frothy drink of milk and flavoring and sometimes fruit or ice cream
  7. causing to move repeatedly from side to side
  8. reflex shaking caused by cold or fear or excitement
  9. a note that alternates rapidly with another note a semitone above it
  10. building material used as siding or roofing
  11. 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"
  12. undermine or cause to waver; " my faith has been shaken"; " The bad news shook her hopes"
  13. shake ( a body part) to communicate a greeting, feeling, or cognitive state; " shake one's head"; " She shook her finger at the naughty students"; " The old enemies shook hands"; " Don't shake your fist at me!"
  14. stir the feelings, emotions, or peace of; " These stories shook the community"; " the civil war shook the country"
  15. move back and forth or sideways; " the ship was rocking"; " the tall building swayed"; " She rocked back and forth on her feet"
  16. move or cause to move back and forth; " The chemist shook the flask vigorously"; " My hands were shaking"
  17. shake or vibrate rapidly and intensively; " The old engine was juddering"
  18. obs. p. p. of Shake.
  19. 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.
  20. Fig.: To move from firmness; to weaken the stability of; to cause to waver; to impair the resolution of.
  21. To give a tremulous tone to; to trill; as, to shake a note in music.
  22. To be agitated with a waving or vibratory motion; to tremble; to shiver; to quake; to totter.
  23. The act or result of shaking; a vacillating or wavering motion; a rapid motion one way and other; a trembling, quaking, or shivering; agitation.
  24. A fissure or crack in timber, caused by its being dried too suddenly.
  25. A fissure in rock or earth.
  26. A rapid alternation of a principal tone with another represented on the next degree of the staff above or below it; a trill.
  27. One of the staves of a hogshead or barrel taken apart.
  28. A shook of staves and headings.
  29. 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.
  30. The redshank; - so called from the nodding of its head while on the ground.
  31. To cause to shiver; move with a quick, short motion; to move from a firm position; as, to shake one's faith; in music, give a quivering note to.
  32. To tremble or quake.
  33. Shook.
  34. Shaken.
  35. Shaking.
  36. 1. To tremble, to shiver. 2. To agitate, to move ( a thing) to and fro or up and down.
  37. To move with quick, short motions: to agitate: to make to tremble: to threaten to overthrow: to cause to waver: to make afraid: to give a tremulous note to.
  38. To be agitated: to tremble: to shiver: to lose firmness:- pa. t. shook, ( B.) shaked; pa. p. shaken.
  39. A rapid tremulous motion: a trembling or shivering: a concussion: a rent in timber, rock, etc.: ( music) a rapid repetition of two notes.
  40. A vibratory motion.
  41. To agitate; cause to tremble or waver; make afraid; trill.
  42. To be agitated; tremble; waver.
  43. To move rapidly to and fro or up and down; agitate; jolt; wave; tremble; trill.
  44. To weaken; impair; shatter.
  45. A shaking; agitation; vibration; jolt.
  46. Concussion; rapid motion one way and another; agitation; a motion of hands clasped; a trill.
  47. To agitate; to make to totter or tremble; to cause to shiver; to drive off or away; to weaken the stability of; to cause to waver or doubt; to trill. To shake hands, to agree or contract with; to join hands at meeting or parting. To shake off, to drive off.
  48. To be agitated; to tremble; to shiver; to totter.
  49. A rapid motion one way and another; agitation; a trembling or shivering; motion of the hands when clasped in salutation; in music, the rapid up and down movement of the voice when dwelling on any particular note, but always within the compass of a tone; a fissure or rent in timber.
  50. To cause to move with short rapid vibrations; to give a wavering or trembling motion to; to throw or drive, followed by down, from, or off; to threaten to overthrow; to cause to waver or doubt; to lose firmness; to tremble; to totter; to shiver.
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Usage examples for shake

  1. Both girls were beside her in an instant, and Julie gave her a little shake – Those Dale Girls by Frank Weston Carruth
  2. Giving his shoulders a little shake he turned to Blanche. – Secret Bread by F. Tennyson Jesse
  3. " I don't blame you," said Mr. Cox, kindly; " shake hands." – Light Freights, Complete by W. W. Jacobs
  4. I put my left hand in, I put my left hand out, I give my left hand shake shake shake And turn myself about. – My Book of Indoor Games by Clarence Squareman
  5. I couldn't shake him off. – The Go Ahead Boys and the Mysterious Old House by Ross Kay
  6. They cannot double or shake to the mood of its nonsense- nor do they find it grow " curiouser and curiouser" with each reading. – Literature for Children by Orton Lowe
  7. We don't shake hands up here. – Julian Home by Dean Frederic W. Farrar
  8. He would like to shake hands with you before he goes. – Christian's Mistake by Dinah Maria Mulock Craik
  9. What, you shake your head still? – Lucretia, Complete by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  10. All this while the Nodding Donkey had said nothing, of course, and he had done nothing, except to shake his head. – The Story of a Nodding Donkey by Laura Lee Hope
  11. " Then shake hands," he cried, with a frank appeal Mr. Byrd found it hard to resist. – Hand and Ring by Anna Katharine Green
  12. He did not even shake hands with me, nor did he say farewell. – Life in the Grey Nunnery at Montreal by Sarah J Richardson
  13. I asked, trying to keep the shake out of my voice. – Mary Marie by Eleanor H. Porter
  14. Do not shake your head! – An Orkney Maid by Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
  15. No, said I with a shake of my head, but it is not always so bad. – A Strange Disappearance by Anna Katharine Green
  16. Don't shake hands with me. – Uncanny Tales by Mary Louisa Molesworth
  17. " Shake hands," he said. – The Story of Antony Grace by George Manville Fenn
  18. Then he would try to shake it out at the bottom. – Our Young Folks at Home and Abroad by Various
  19. An hour later word came to Hester- it was Shake who brought it- that Mr. Benny would be glad to see her in the office. – Shining Ferry by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  20. While it might mean nothing at all, she could not shake off a feeling that if once she were able to get inside the room she might learn the answer to some of her questions. – Behind the Green Door by Mildred A. Wirt
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