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Definitions of shock

  1. strike with disgust or revulsion; " The scandalous behavior of this married woman shocked her friends"
  2. an unpleasant or disappointing surprise; " it came as a shock to learn that he was injured"
  3. a mechanical damper; absorbs energy of sudden impulses; " the old car needed a new set of shocks"
  4. the feeling of distress and disbelief that you have when something bad happens accidentally; " his mother's deathleft him in a daze"; " he was numb with shock"
  5. a reflex response to the passage of electric current through the body; " subjects received a small electric shock when they mae the wrong response"; " electricians get accustomed to occasional shocks"
  6. the violent interaction of individuals or groups entering into combat; " the armies met in the shock of battle"
  7. an instance of agitation of the earth's crust; " the first shock of the earthquake came shortly after noon while workers were at lunch"
  8. a bushy thick mass ( especially hair); " he had an unruly shock of black hair"
  9. a pile of sheaves of grain set on end in a field to dry; stalks of Indian corn set up in a field; " corn is bound in small sheeves and several sheeves are set up together in shocks"; " whole fields of wheat in shock"
  10. ( pathology) bodily collapse or near collapse caused by inadequate oxygen delivery to the cells; characterized by reduced cardiac output and rapid heartbeat and circulatory insufficiency and pallor; " loss of blood is an important cause of shock"
  11. subject to electrical shocks
  12. collide violently
  13. inflict a trauma upon
  14. collect or gather into shocks; " shock grain"
  15. strike with horror or terror; " The news of the bombing shocked her"
  16. surprise greatly; knock someone's socks off; " I was floored when I heard that I was promoted"
  17. To subject to the action of an electrical discharge so as to cause a more or less violent depression or commotion of the nervous system.
  18. A pile or assemblage of sheaves of grain, as wheat, rye, or the like, set up in a field, the sheaves varying in number from twelve to sixteen; a stook.
  19. To collect, or make up, into a shock or shocks; to stook; as, to shock rye.
  20. To be occupied with making shocks.
  21. A quivering or shaking which is the effect of a blow, collision, or violent impulse; a blow, impact, or collision; a concussion; a sudden violent impulse or onset.
  22. A sudden agitation of the mind or feelings; a sensation of pleasure or pain caused by something unexpected or overpowering; also, a sudden agitating or overpowering event.
  23. A sudden depression of the vital forces of the entire body, or of a port of it, marking some profound impression produced upon the nervous system, as by severe injury, overpowering emotion, or the like.
  24. The sudden convulsion or contraction of the muscles, with the feeling of a concussion, caused by the discharge, through the animal system, of electricity from a charged body.
  25. To give a shock to; to cause to shake or waver; hence, to strike against suddenly; to encounter with violence.
  26. To strike with surprise, terror, horror, or disgust; to cause to recoil; as, his violence shocked his associates.
  27. To meet with a shock; to meet in violent encounter.
  28. A thick mass of bushy hair; as, a head covered with a shock of sandy hair.
  29. Bushy; shaggy; as, a shock hair.
  30. A lot consisting of sixty pieces; - a term applied in some Baltic ports to loose goods.
  31. A dog with long hair or shag; - called also shockdog.
  32. A pathological condition that can suddenly affect the hemodynamic equilibrium, usually manifested by failure to perfuse or oxygenate vital organs.
  33. To cause to shake; to meet in violent encounter; to strike with surprise, horror, disgust, etc.; to subject ( the body) to the passage of an electric current; to collect, as sheaves of grain, into stacks.
  34. A conical stack of sheaves of grain; a bushy mass, as of hair; a blow; a violent jar or shake; an unexpected jarring of the feelings, mind, etc.; as, his death was a shock to me; colloquially, a stroke of paralysis; the effect of the passage of electric current through the body; the drop in vitality or injury of the faculties after a severe physical strain; as, shell shock.
  35. 1. A sudden physical or mental disturbance. 2. A state of profound mental and physical depression consequent upon severe physical injury or an emotional disturbance.
  36. Prostration, the reaction of nervous system after operation or a violent injury.
  37. A violent shake: a sudden dashing of one thing against another: violent onset: an offence.
  38. To shake by violence: to offend: to disgust: to dismay.
  39. A heap or pile of sheaves of corn.
  40. A sudden shake; concussion; offence; sudden and painful emotion.
  41. Pile of sheaves.
  42. To shake by violence; offend; dismay.
  43. To shake by sudden collision; jar; horrify; disgust.
  44. To gather ( grain) into a shock or shocks.
  45. A violent concussion; blow.
  46. A sudden and violent agitation or injury; startling emotion.
  47. Sheaves of grain, stalks of maize, or the like, set together upright in a field.
  48. A coarse tangled mass, as of hair.
  49. Shaggy; bushy.
  50. A violent collision or its effect; a concussion; a violent onset; external violence; offence; the effect on the animal system of an electric discharge.
  51. A pile of sheaves of wheat, rye, & c.; the number of sixteen sheaves of wheat, & c.
  52. To shake by sudden collision; to encounter; to offend; disgust.
  53. To pile sheaves in shocks.
  54. A violent collision or onset; the concussion which it occasions; violence to the feelings; that which surprises or offends; impression of disgust; the sudden effect produced by the passage of electricity through an animal body.
  55. To cause surprise or offence; to strike with horror or disgust; to offend highly; to cause to recoil, as from something disgusting or horrible.
  56. A dog with long hair or shag, also called a shock- dog; a thick mass of short hair.
  57. A pile of sheaves of wheat, oats, & c., set up on end in the harvest- field.
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Usage examples for shock

  1. I might perhaps tell her that you are here, but I think it would be likely to shock her very much." – A Tale of a Lonely Parish by F. Marion Crawford
  2. It's always a shock for me to have an idea. – A Little Bush Maid by Mary Grant Bruce
  3. That the facts are new to us and come to us as a shock? – The Opium Monopoly by Ellen Newbold La Motte
  4. Then we shall shock you, I fear. – Donald McElroy, Scotch Irishman by Willie Walker Caldwell
  5. And some days I could cut as high as twenty- six shock in a half day. – Reno A Book of Short Stories and Information by Lilyan Stratton
  6. That was a powerful shock!" – The Frozen Pirate by W. Clark Russell
  7. I don't know why this gave me a shock, but it did. – Lady-Betty-Across-the-Water by Lowell, Orson
  8. The lady sat down, and asked for a glass of orange water, to restore her strength after the shock she had received. – San-Cravate; or, The Messengers; Little Streams by Charles Paul de Kock
  9. I got a very bad shock when he was forced to go. – Carmen's Messenger by Harold Bindloss
  10. The shock of the change in eyes and voice brought Martin quite to himself. – Corporal Cameron by Ralph Connor
  11. Don't give me such a shock, Phil. – The-Circus-Boys-on-the-Flying-Rings-or-Making-the-Start-in-the-Sawdust-Life by Darlington, Edgar B. P.
  12. He certainly gave us a shock! – Under Boy Scout Colors by Joseph Bushnell Ames
  13. Whilst I lay on a sick bed, into which I had been thrown by the shock of my protector's death, my lord and his mistress arrived in London. – Thaddeus of Warsaw by Jane Porter
  14. Ah, how great is my shock! – The Village Coquette by Riviere Dufresny
  15. It's something of a shock,- that sort of thing always is, you know. – A Venetian June by Anna Fuller
  16. The question went through her like a shock. – The Early Short Fiction of Edith Wharton, Part 2 (of 10) by Edith Wharton
  17. Lordy, it gave me a shock for a second or two, though. – From the Housetops by George Barr McCutcheon
  18. The way of its coming had been a shock, but that the end had come was not such a shock. – Youth Challenges by Clarence B Kelland
  19. It gave me a shock to see the box opened. – Lalage's Lovers 1911 by George A. Birmingham
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