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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Shake \Shake\, obs. p. p. of {Shake}. --Chaucer.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Shake \Shake\, verb (used with an object) [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.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Shake \Shake\, verb (used without an object) 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}.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Shake \Shake\, noun

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. (Zool.) 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.]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: building material used as siding or roofing [syn: {shingle}, {shake}]

2: frothy drink of milk and flavoring and sometimes fruit or ice cream [syn: {milkshake}, {milk shake}, {shake}]

3: a note that alternates rapidly with another note a semitone above it [syn: {trill}, {shake}]

4: grasping and shaking a person's hand (as to acknowledge an introduction or to agree on a contract) [syn: {handshake}, {shake}, {handshaking}, {handclasp}]

5: a reflex motion caused by cold or fear or excitement [syn: {tremble}, {shiver}, {shake}]

6: causing to move repeatedly from side to side [syn: {wag}, {waggle}, {shake}]


1: move or cause to move back and forth; "The chemist shook the flask vigorously"; "My hands were shaking" [syn: {shake}, {agitate}]

2: move with or as if with a tremor; "his hands shook" [syn: {shake}, {didder}]

3: shake or vibrate rapidly and intensively; "The old engine was juddering" [syn: {judder}, {shake}]

4: move back and forth or sideways; "the ship was rocking"; "the tall building swayed"; "She rocked back and forth on her feet" [syn: {rock}, {sway}, {shake}]

5: undermine or cause to waver; "my faith has been shaken"; "The bad news shook her hopes"

6: stir the feelings, emotions, or peace of; "These stories shook the community"; "the civil war shook the country" [syn: {stimulate}, {shake}, {shake up}, {excite}, {stir}]

7: get rid of; "I couldn't shake the car that was following me" [syn: {shake}, {shake off}, {throw off}, {escape from}]

8: 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"

9: 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!"

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