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shock

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noun \ˈshäk\

Definition of shock

  1. :  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


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shock

transitive verb

Definition of shock

  1. :  to collect into shocks



15th Century

First Known Use of shock

15th century

Other Agriculture/Gardening Terms


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shock

noun

Definition of shock

  1. 1 :  the impact or encounter of individuals or groups in combat

  2. 2a :  a violent shake or jar :  concussionb :  an effect of such violence

  3. 3a (1) :  a disturbance in the equilibrium or permanence of something (2) :  a sudden or violent mental or emotional disturbanceb :  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. 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. 5 :  sudden stimulation of the nerves and convulsive contraction of the muscles caused by the discharge of electricity through the animal body

  6. 6a :  stroke 5b :  coronary thrombosis

  7. 7 :  shock absorber



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>.

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shock

verb

Definition of shock

  • transitive verb
    1. 1a :  to strike with surprise, terror, horror, or disgustb :  to cause to undergo a physical or nervous shockc :  to subject to the action of an electrical discharge

    2. 2 :  to drive by or as if by a shock

    3. intransitive verb
    4. 1 :  to meet with a shock :  collide

    5. 2 :  to cause surprise or shock <an exhibit meant to shock>

    shock·able play \ˈshä-kə-bəl\ adjective


    1656

    First Known Use of shock

    1656


    5

    shock

    adjective

    Simple Definition of shock

    • —used to describe something that surprises and usually upsets people

    Full Definition of shock

    Origin of shock

    perhaps from 1shock


    First Known Use: 1681


    6

    shock

    noun

    Definition of shock

    1. :  a thick bushy mass (as of hair)



    1819

    First Known Use of shock

    1819




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