Definitions of shake

  1. To be agitated; to tremble; to shiver; to totter.
  2. To move rapidly to and fro or up and down; agitate; jolt; wave; tremble; trill.
  3. To weaken; impair; shatter.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. To agitate; cause to tremble or waver; make afraid; trill.
  7. To be agitated with a waving or vibratory motion; to tremble; to shiver; to quake; to totter.
  8. To tremble or quake.
  9. To be agitated: to tremble: to shiver: to lose firmness:- pa. t. shook, ( B.) shaked; pa. p. shaken.
  10. To be agitated; tremble; waver.
  11. get rid of; " I couldn't shake the car that was following me"
  12. stir the feelings or emotions of; " These stories shook the community"
  13. 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"
  14. undermine or cause to waver; " my faith has been shaken"; " The bad news shook her hopes"
  15. 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.
  16. Fig.: To move from firmness; to weaken the stability of; to cause to waver; to impair the resolution of.
  17. To give a tremulous tone to; to trill; as, to shake a note in music.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. Shaking.
  22. Shaken.
  23. reflex shaking caused by cold or fear or excitement
  24. 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!"
  25. move back and forth or sideways; " the ship was rocking"; " the tall building swayed"; " She rocked back and forth on her feet"
  26. move or cause to move back and forth; " The chemist shook the flask vigorously"; " My hands were shaking"
  27. obs. p. p. of Shake.
  28. The act or result of shaking; a vacillating or wavering motion; a rapid motion one way and other; a trembling, quaking, or shivering; agitation.
  29. A fissure or crack in timber, caused by its being dried too suddenly.
  30. A fissure in rock or earth.
  31. A rapid alternation of a principal tone with another represented on the next degree of the staff above or below it; a trill.
  32. One of the staves of a hogshead or barrel taken apart.
  33. A shook of staves and headings.
  34. The redshank; - so called from the nodding of its head while on the ground.
  35. A rapid tremulous motion: a trembling or shivering: a concussion: a rent in timber, rock, etc.: ( music) a rapid repetition of two notes.
  36. A vibratory motion.
  37. A shaking; agitation; vibration; jolt.
  38. Concussion; rapid motion one way and another; agitation; a motion of hands clasped; a trill.
  39. 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.
  40. Shook.