quake

verb
\ ˈkwāk How to pronounce quake (audio) \
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, bucket, convulse, jerk, jiggle, joggle, jolt, jounce, judder [chiefly British], quiver, shake, shudder, vibrate, wobble (also wabble)

Synonyms: Noun

earthquake, shake, temblor, 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

Roston sings with the soul-quaking conviction of gospel, only without the promise of redemption. Nelson Pressley, Washington Post, "Solo actors capture dark and light in ‘Twisted Melodies’ and ‘Every Brilliant Thing’," 25 June 2019 Many astronomers now believe that the space-quaking merger of two neutron stars can forge the universe’s supply of heavy elements. Quanta Magazine, "A New Blast May Have Forged Cosmic Gold," 23 Mar. 2017 Don’t think for one second Ed Sedar’s Milwaukee Brewers were knocking their knees and quaking in their cleats when the archrival Cubs spent $43 million on closer Craig Kimbrel. George Castle, Lake County News-Sun, "Sedar's point: Waukegan West grad Ed Sedar rides the wave as Milwaukee Brewers’ third base coach," 13 June 2019 High-speed 64th notes were in abundance, and there were also mercurial mood changes, widely spaced mega-chords and quaking, two-note tremolos. Barbara Jepson, WSJ, "A Master of the Virtuosic Miniature in New York," 24 Jan. 2019 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The commission’s senior engineering geologist, Bob Anderson, told members that the fault ruptures that caused the quakes are still being assessed. Phil Willon, latimes.com, "Ridgecrest earthquakes caused major damage at China Lake naval base," 12 July 2019 That event was the largest quake to hit Southern California in 20 years. San Diego Union-Tribune, "4.9 earthquake in Ridgecrest lightly felt in San Diego County," 12 July 2019 No one in the area was killed, although authorities believe the quake may have taken the life of a man in the small Nevada town of Pahrump, 180 miles (289.7 kilometers) away. Washington Post, "Newer buildings show little damage after California quakes," 11 July 2019 Initially, there were no fatalities or serious injuries reported, but a number of power outages, fires and road damage were attributed to the quakes. N'dea Yancey-bragg, USA TODAY, "Nevada authorities investigate what may be first death related to California earthquakes," 10 July 2019 However, the quakes buckled highways, cracked buildings and ruptured gas lines that sparked several house fires. Christopher Weber, Fox News, "Nevada death may be linked to California quake," 10 July 2019 Anytime there’s an quake big enough to shake a chandelier, a dozen local news directors are sending reporters to liquor stores. Beth Spotswood, SFChronicle.com, "You’re not a local until you’ve felt an earthquake," 10 July 2019 The July 4 earthquake was the largest felt in the area in at least 20 years, but was quickly topped by Friday’s quake, according to ABC News. Char Adams, PEOPLE.com, "Boy, 11, Carries 2-Year-Old from Laundromat During Earthquake: 'I Grabbed My Sister and Ran'," 10 July 2019 However, the quakes buckled highways, cracked buildings and ruptured gas lines that sparked several house fires. Time, "A Man's Death in Nevada May Be Linked to California Earthquake," 10 July 2019

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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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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 How to pronounce quake (audio) \
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

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Kids Definition of quake (Entry 2 of 2)

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