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

Synonyms: Noun

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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 Bailey doesn’t bow and quake before each of Roth’s dozens of works. Washington Post, "‘Philip Roth,’ by Blake Bailey, is a colorful, confident and uncompromising biographical triumph," 6 Apr. 2021 Generally in Utah, earthquakes greater than magnitude 5 happen once every 10 years, and quakes greater than magnitude 6 happen once every 50 years, the USGS says. Jason Hanna And Konstantin Toropin, CNN, "A 5.7 magnitude earthquake shakes Utah, knocking out power in places," 18 Mar. 2020 The East Bay and San Benito County quakes were not related and are not part of the same fault system. Los Angeles Times, "Bay Area earthquakes are latest warning of destructive seismic danger in East Bay," 15 Oct. 2019 The Sox, accused of using their video replay room to steal signs under Cora in 2018, should be quaking in their cleats. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "Punishment for Astros shows MLB’s sign-stealing days are over — and the Red Sox are next," 13 Jan. 2020 The book, which is slim and focussed, quakes with a nervous energy that often erupts into euphoria. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, "The Best Books of 2019," 2 Dec. 2019 Who dropped his Doritos with quaking hands and a quivering lip when Lady Edith Crawley (Laura Carmichael) was left at the altar? BostonGlobe.com, "The fears of a ‘Downton’ super fan, and the dangers of exhuming pop culture memories - The Boston Globe," 20 Sep. 2019 Earthquake scientists said the East Bay and San Benito County quakes were not related and are not part of the same fault system. Los Angeles Times, "Second earthquake felt across Northern California; 4.7 temblor hits near Hollister," 15 Oct. 2019 Mugabe's wife Grace covered her face with a veil, but her body quaked with sobs as family members gave their eulogy. Mark Chingono And Bukola Adebayo, CNN, "Zimbabwe's former President Robert Mugabe buried in his hometown," 28 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun One serious shake — like the 1933 Long Beach quake, whose destructiveness changed building codes — and brick buildings tumble down as easily as the sugar-cube California mission models that schoolkids used to assemble in fourth grade. Los Angeles Times, "Mission Revival, Craftsman, storybook — L.A.’s home styles explained," 13 Apr. 2021 The largest quake, a magnitude 5.6 on the Richter scale, occurred on the morning of February 24. Arnaud Siad, CNN, "17,000 earthquakes hit Iceland in the past week. An eruption could be imminent," 3 Mar. 2021 The quake, centered 8 miles northwest of Anchorage, occurred at a depth of about 26 miles, according to the Alaska Earthquake Center. Anchorage Daily News, "Magnitude 5.3 earthquake shakes Southcentral Alaska," 27 Feb. 2021 It’s not a term heard often since the 2011 triple disasters of the quake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster. Gavin Blair, The Christian Science Monitor, "10 years after tsunami: A Japanese town rebuilds its homes and heart," 26 Feb. 2021 The quake, which struck in an area southeast of the Loyalty Islands, was measured at a depth of just over 6 miles beneath the surface of the ocean, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Dominic Fracassa, San Francisco Chronicle, "7.7-magnitude quake hits near Australia, but poses no tsunami threat to West Coast," 10 Feb. 2021 Social media users in San Francisco reported being rattled by the quake, which struck around 8 p.m. local time. Dom Calicchio, Fox News, "California earthquake reported north of Monterey area," 17 Jan. 2021 More than 600 people were reported to have been injured in the quake, which struck inland between the coastal cities of Mamuju and Majene. New York Times, "At Least 46 Killed and Hundreds Injured as Quake Hits Indonesia," 15 Jan. 2021 The second, a 3.6 magnitude quake, registered about a minute later. Dominic Fracassa, SFChronicle.com, "2 earthquakes jolt South Bay," 15 Dec. 2020

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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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11 Apr 2021

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“Quake.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quake. Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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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

noun

Kids Definition of quake (Entry 2 of 2)

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