quake

verb
\ ˈkwāk \
quaked; quaking

Definition of quake 

(Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to shake or vibrate usually from shock or instability

2 : to tremble or shudder usually from cold or fear

quake

noun

Definition of quake (Entry 2 of 2)

: an instance of shaking or trembling (as of the earth or moon) especially : earthquake

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Synonyms for quake

Synonyms: Verb

agitate, convulse, jerk, jiggle, joggle, jolt, jounce, quiver, shake, shudder, vibrate, wobble (also wabble)

Synonyms: Noun

earthquake, shake, tremor

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Examples of quake in a Sentence

Verb

She was quaking with rage. The explosion made the whole house quake.

Noun

the quake registered 6.5 on the Richter scale, causing widespread damage
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Wastewater can trigger the initial earthquakes, but quakes themselves can lead to more quakes. Fox News, "Oklahoma sees more severe earthquakes, fewer overall," 7 July 2018 But that was then—somewhere between his breakout role in 2013’s Short Term 12 and in culture-quaking projects like Selma, Straight Outta Compton, Atlanta, and Get Out. Alessandra Codinha, Vogue, "Lakeith Stanfield Thinks We Should All Probably Take a Break From the Internet," 27 June 2018 The Germans had been quaking in fear just at the sight of Lionel Messi potentially penetrating their defence, so the Bayern Munich man's goal took a huge weight off their shoulders and sent them into euphoria. SI.com, "7 of the Most Euphoric Moments in World Cup History," 31 May 2018 But after joining the 1907 Cubs as the only two teams in National League history to win their first nine series to open a season, the Diamondbacks aren’t quaking in their cleats. Bob Mcmanaman, azcentral, "Diamondbacks overcoming rash of injuries with strong start to season," 30 Apr. 2018 Although Mars is not thought to have tectonic plates like those on Earth that shift and grind against each other, triggering earthquakes, a planet can shake and quake for other reasons. Eva Botkin-kowacki, The Christian Science Monitor, "How NASA's latest mission to Mars might dig up truths about Earth," 7 May 2018 By early 2019, scientists hope InSight’s instruments will be reporting back everything from how often the planet quakes to how warm the soil is, thanks to a probe designed to burrow nearly 20 feet below ground. Trevor Hughes, USA TODAY, "Mars lander launch to send car-sized probe to explore secrets of Red Planet," 4 May 2018 Allow one hour to walk the trail and tour the quaking bog. Post-Tribune, "Community news," 19 Apr. 2018 Illustration: Martin Kozlowski When an innocent dies, this is precisely the soul-quaking the rest of us are supposed to feel. Abigail Shrier, WSJ, "Our Future Is Safer, but Terrifying," 26 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

This quake comes three months after a 7.2 earthquake struck southeastern Mexico in February, with the epicenter in the state of Oaxaca, according to the USGS. Leyla Santiago, CNN, "5.2 magnitude earthquake hits Mexico, USGS says; it's felt in Mexico City," 21 May 2018 The quake triggered waves as high as 0.7 metres, according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center. L.m. Sixel, Houston Chronicle, "Pemex CEO says he's looking for more energy deals," 7 Mar. 2018 The California Earthquake Authority — which writes about two-thirds of residential quake-insurance policies — has used these kind of scenarios to try to get homeowners to buy policies. sandiegouniontribune.com, "How to negotiate insurance before disaster strikes," 8 July 2018 That may feel slight next to the sustained quake of a fireworks display. Brian Barrett, WIRED, "For a More Inclusive Fourth of July Show, Send in the Drones," 4 July 2018 The recent quakes and lava flows from the Kilauea volcano are reshaping the landscape of the park. Jay Jones, latimes.com, "Kilauea's eruption is reshaping Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Say goodbye to the popular lava lake," 21 June 2018 At least two sensors in the capital detected the quake around 11:32 am. Time, "Mexico Fans Set Off Earthquake Sensors With Raucous World Cup Celebration," 18 June 2018 Officials are grappling with where all these quake refugees would go. Rong-gong Lin Ii And Sarah Parvini, sacbee, "The Big One could leave 250,000 to 400,000 quake refugees in California. Where will they go?," 3 June 2018 The quake in southwestern Mexico was felt as far away as Mexico City about 220 miles (nearly 360 kilometers) away. Leyla Santiago, CNN, "5.2 magnitude earthquake hits Mexico, USGS says; it's felt in Mexico City," 21 May 2018

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First Known Use of quake

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for quake

Verb

Middle English, from Old English cwacian

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The first known use of quake was before the 12th century

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More Definitions for quake

quake

verb

English Language Learners Definition of quake

: to shake because of fear, anger, etc.

: to shake violently

quake

verb
\ ˈkwāk \
quaked; quaking

Kids Definition of quake

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to shake usually from shock or lack of stability The explosion made the house quake.

2 : to tremble or shudder usually from cold or fear Regardless, the guards' faces were stern and hard, and she quaked inside. —Grace Lin, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon

quake

noun

Kids Definition of quake (Entry 2 of 2)

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