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, 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

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

The quake struck at 9:50 p.m. and lasted about 60 seconds. Fox News, "FOX NEWS FIRST: Bruce Ohr kept Mueller deputy 'in the loop' about dossier, sources say," 31 Aug. 2018 And Kami Rita was on the mountain in 2015, when an earthquake triggered an avalanche that killed 19 people at Base Camp; the quake also caused major damage in Thame. Anna Callaghan, Outside Online, "Kami Rita Summits Everest for 22nd Time," 16 May 2018 Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said 214 people were injured by the quake. Megumi Fujikawa, WSJ, "Japan Earthquake Kills Three, Injures Hundreds," 18 June 2018 The early morning Napa quake on Aug. 24, was the largest to hit the San Francisco Bay Area since the magnitude 6.9 Loma Prieta earthquake of Oct. 17, 1989. Fox News, "Study: 2014 Napa quake may be linked to groundwater changes," 13 June 2018 As fissures continue to open, even miles from Kilauea's crater, the danger is magnified by a series of temblors, including a 6.9-magnitude quake on Friday, and dangerously high levels of sulfur dioxide in the air. Condé Nast Traveler, "Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano Erupts: Here's What Travelers Should Know," 7 May 2018 San Francisco had a population of about 450,000 at the time of the quake, and 490 city blocks were leveled, with 28,188 buildings destroyed. Bill Van Niekerken, San Francisco Chronicle, "1906 San Francisco earthquake: Old photos offer new glimpses of devastation," 18 Apr. 2018 Prior to this Wednesday quake, a Maine town felt a 1.4-magnitude earthquake around 7 p.m. on Sunday. Elise Takahama, BostonGlobe.com, "Small earthquake shakes New Hampshire," 7 Mar. 2018 But between 2012 and 2016, southern Kansas had six magnitude 4 or larger quakes, which seems far from normal. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "Wastewater injections set off a Kansas earthquake binge," 26 Feb. 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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