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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 28 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Neither quake was significant, and neither left behind any noteworthy damage or injuries. Christine Condon, baltimoresun.com, 27 June 2021 That indicated the fault had started to move in a slow-slip quake. Stephanie Pappas, Scientific American, 26 May 2021 In the next major quake, this could end up saving billions of dollars and countless lives. Steve Lopez Columnist, Los Angeles Times, 15 May 2021 Fortunately for those in the strike zone, the quake was a relatiely small magnitude 4.7. Kevin Fagan, San Francisco Chronicle, 7 May 2021 The Cascadia Subduction Zone last ruptured in such a quake on Jan. 26, 1700, and sent catastrophic tsunamis not only to the Pacific Northwest, but thousands of miles away to Japan. Anchorage Daily News, 5 May 2021 Using a network of sensors, researchers found that the Los Angeles high-rises most likely to rock in a future quake aren’t downtown. Eric Niiler, Wired, 9 Oct. 2020 The quake was centered about 14 miles southwest of Talkeetna with a depth of 4 miles, according to an initial report from the Alaska Earthquake Center. Anchorage Daily News, 12 July 2021 The quake shortly before 4 p.m. Thursday was centered south of Lake Tahoe near Walker, a rural community of a few hundred households in the eastern Sierra Nevada. Jocelyn Gecker, Star Tribune, 9 July 2021

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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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“Quake.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quake. Accessed 30 Jul. 2021.

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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

noun

Kids Definition of quake (Entry 2 of 2)

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