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1shock

noun \ˈshäk\

Definition of SHOCK

:  a pile of sheaves of grain or stalks of Indian corn set up in a field with the butt ends down

Origin of SHOCK

Middle English; akin to Middle High German schoc heap
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Agriculture/Gardening Terms

fallow, graft, heirloom, loam, potash, soilage, swath, tilth, windfall

2shock

transitive verb

Definition of SHOCK

:  to collect into shocks

First Known Use of SHOCK

15th century

Other Agriculture/Gardening Terms

fallow, graft, heirloom, loam, potash, soilage, swath, tilth, windfall

3shock

noun, often attributive

Definition of SHOCK

1
:  the impact or encounter of individuals or groups in combat
2
a :  a violent shake or jar :  concussion
b :  an effect of such violence
3
a (1) :  a disturbance in the equilibrium or permanence of something (2) :  a sudden or violent mental or emotional disturbance
b :  something that causes such disturbance <the loss came as a shock>
c :  a state of being so disturbed <were in shock after they heard the news>
4
:  a state of profound depression of the vital processes associated with reduced blood volume and pressure and caused usually by severe especially crushing injuries, hemorrhage, or burns
5
:  sudden stimulation of the nerves and convulsive contraction of the muscles caused by the discharge of electricity through the animal body
6

Origin of SHOCK

Middle French choc, from choquer to strike against, from Old French choquier, probably of Germanic origin; akin to Middle Dutch schocken to jolt
First Known Use: 1565

Synonym Discussion of SHOCK

impact, collision, shock, concussion mean a forceful, even violent contact between two or more things. impact may be used to imply contact between two things, at least one of which is impelled toward the other <the glass shattered on impact with the floor>. collision implies the coming together of two or more things with such force that both or all are damaged or their progress is severely impeded <the collision damaged the vehicle>. shock often denotes the effect produced by a collision and carries the suggestion of something that strikes or hits with force <the shock of falling rocks>. concussion when not in technical use, often suggests the shattering, disrupting, or weakening effects of a collision, explosion, or blow <bystanders felt the concussion of the blast>.

4shock

verb

Definition of SHOCK

transitive verb
1
a :  to strike with surprise, terror, horror, or disgust
b :  to cause to undergo a physical or nervous shock
c :  to subject to the action of an electrical discharge
2
:  to drive by or as if by a shock
intransitive verb
1
:  to meet with a shock :  collide
2
:  to cause surprise or shock <an exhibit meant to shock>
shock·able \ˈshä-kə-bəl\ adjective

First Known Use of SHOCK

1656

5shock

adjective

—used to describe something that surprises and usually upsets people

Full Definition of SHOCK

:  bushy, shaggy

Origin of SHOCK

perhaps from 1shock
First Known Use: 1681

6shock

noun

Definition of SHOCK

:  a thick bushy mass (as of hair)

First Known Use of SHOCK

1819
SHOCK Defined for Kids

1shock

noun \ˈshäk\

Definition of SHOCK for Kids

:  a bunch of sheaves of grain or stalks of corn set on end (as in a field)

2shock

noun

Definition of SHOCK for Kids

1
:  a sudden strong unpleasant or upsetting feeling <a shock of surprise>
2
:  something that causes a sudden unpleasant or upsetting feeling <His resignation came as a shock.>
3
:  a severe shake, jerk, or impact <an earthquake shock>
4
:  the effect of a charge of electricity passing through the body of a person or animal
5
:  a serious bodily reaction that usually follows severe injury or large loss of blood

3shock

verb
shockedshock·ing

Definition of SHOCK for Kids

1
:  to strike with surprise, horror, or disgust <Their behavior shocked us.>
2
:  to affect by a charge of electricity
3
:  to move to action especially by causing upset, surprise, or disgust <“Oh, Davy,” said Dora primly, shocked into speaking … — Lucy Maud Montgomery, Anne of Avonlea>

4shock

noun

Definition of SHOCK for Kids

:  a thick bushy mass <a shock of red hair>
July 05, 2015
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insincere or foolish talk
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