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. causing to move repeatedly from side to side
  7. reflex shaking caused by cold or fear or excitement
  8. a note that alternates rapidly with another note a semitone above it
  9. building material used as siding or roofing
  10. 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"
  11. undermine or cause to waver; " my faith has been shaken"; " The bad news shook her hopes"
  12. 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!"
  13. move back and forth or sideways; " the ship was rocking"; " the tall building swayed"; " She rocked back and forth on her feet"
  14. move or cause to move back and forth; " The chemist shook the flask vigorously"; " My hands were shaking"
  15. shake or vibrate rapidly and intensively; " The old engine was juddering"
  16. obs. p. p. of Shake.
  17. 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.
  18. Fig.: To move from firmness; to weaken the stability of; to cause to waver; to impair the resolution of.
  19. To give a tremulous tone to; to trill; as, to shake a note in music.
  20. To be agitated with a waving or vibratory motion; to tremble; to shiver; to quake; to totter.
  21. The act or result of shaking; a vacillating or wavering motion; a rapid motion one way and other; a trembling, quaking, or shivering; agitation.
  22. A fissure or crack in timber, caused by its being dried too suddenly.
  23. A fissure in rock or earth.
  24. A rapid alternation of a principal tone with another represented on the next degree of the staff above or below it; a trill.
  25. One of the staves of a hogshead or barrel taken apart.
  26. A shook of staves and headings.
  27. 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.
  28. The redshank; - so called from the nodding of its head while on the ground.
  29. 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.
  30. To tremble or quake.
  31. Shook.
  32. Shaken.
  33. Shaking.
  34. 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.
  35. To be agitated: to tremble: to shiver: to lose firmness:- pa. t. shook, ( B.) shaked; pa. p. shaken.
  36. A rapid tremulous motion: a trembling or shivering: a concussion: a rent in timber, rock, etc.: ( music) a rapid repetition of two notes.
  37. A vibratory motion.
  38. To agitate; cause to tremble or waver; make afraid; trill.
  39. To be agitated; tremble; waver.
  40. To move rapidly to and fro or up and down; agitate; jolt; wave; tremble; trill.
  41. To weaken; impair; shatter.
  42. A shaking; agitation; vibration; jolt.
  43. Concussion; rapid motion one way and another; agitation; a motion of hands clasped; a trill.
  44. 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.
  45. To be agitated; to tremble; to shiver; to totter.
  46. 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.
  47. 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.

Usage examples for shake

  1. I couldn't shake him off. – The Go Ahead Boys and the Mysterious Old House by Ross Kay
  2. What, you shake your head still? – Lucretia, Complete by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  3. He did not even shake hands with me, nor did he say farewell. – Life in the Grey Nunnery at Montreal by Sarah J Richardson
  4. No, said I with a shake of my head, but it is not always so bad. – A Strange Disappearance by Anna Katharine Green
  5. I asked, trying to keep the shake out of my voice. – Mary Marie by Eleanor H. Porter
  6. He would like to shake hands with you before he goes. – Christian's Mistake by Dinah Maria Mulock Craik
  7. Both girls were beside her in an instant, and Julie gave her a little shake. – Those Dale Girls by Frank Weston Carruth
  8. " I don't blame you," said Mr. Cox, kindly; " shake hands." – Light Freights, Complete by W. W. Jacobs
  9. 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
  10. Do not shake your head! – An Orkney Maid by Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
  11. 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
  12. " Shake hands," he said. – The Story of Antony Grace by George Manville Fenn
  13. 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
  14. Don't shake hands with me. – Uncanny Tales by Mary Louisa Molesworth
  15. Giving his shoulders a little shake, he turned to Blanche. – Secret Bread by F. Tennyson Jesse
  16. " Then shake hands," he cried, with a frank appeal Mr. Byrd found it hard to resist. – Hand and Ring by Anna Katharine Green
  17. 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
  18. We don't shake hands up here. – Julian Home by Dean Frederic W. Farrar
  19. Then he would try to shake it out at the bottom. – Our Young Folks at Home and Abroad by Various
  20. 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