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

None of this will leave China quaking in its boots. The Economist, "The Trump administration labels China a currency manipulator," 6 Aug. 2019 And that’s what Blinded by the Light, in all its heart-stopping, hard-rocking, earth-quaking sonic glory, nails about the appeal of Springsteen and the eternally fulfilling, exhilarating experience of being his fan. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, "What Blinded by the Light understands about the power of Springsteen's music," 16 Aug. 2019 Defenders of photography as an art form tend to quake at what’s happening with their beloved medium. Leah Ollman, Los Angeles Times, "Review: Writing the book on selfies — sociologist reframes social photos," 10 Aug. 2019 Satellite images: California quakes left a crack in the Earth so big it can be seen from space 'A blessing and a miracle': Earthquakes ravaged Los Angeles and San Francisco. N'dea Yancey-bragg, USA TODAY, "Nevada authorities investigate what may be first death related to California earthquakes," 10 July 2019 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Earlier this week, scientists said the probability of another earthquake of magnitude 7 or greater resulting from the July 5 quake was less than 1%. Phil Willon, latimes.com, "Ridgecrest earthquakes caused major damage at China Lake naval base," 12 July 2019 There was no tsunami danger from the quake, according to the National Weather Service. SFChronicle.com, "Magnitude 5.6 earthquake hits Humboldt County," 23 June 2019 Hundreds of homes and buildings suffered substantial damage from the quake. Annie Zak, Anchorage Daily News, "The November earthquake ‘put a shiver’ through the Anchorage housing market," 17 June 2019 The Anchorage Daily News reports the Anchorage School District says the new estimate triples the original assessment of damage caused by the Nov. 30 quake. USA TODAY, "Milestone rhino, Bigfoot shooting, jailed for feeding cats: News from around our 50 states," 1 Aug. 2019 The empty spaces of 1990s San Francisco, left behind by quake and recession, have been filling up, with barely a pause a decade ago for the global financial crisis. Owen Thomas, SFChronicle.com, "Tech and the Bay Area need more spaces in between," 31 July 2019 San Francisco Chronicle New satellite images offer a dramatic and instructive view of the immense power of the magnitude 7.1 Ridgecrest earthquake, showing how California’s biggest quake in nearly two decades caused the ground to break. Julia Wick, Los Angeles Times, "What exactly is happening with the new L.A. County sheriff?," 23 July 2019 That quake caused some injuries and widespread damage, including to the air traffic control tower at Sea-Tac Airport. CBS News, "Earthquake rattles Seattle area, followed by series of aftershocks," 12 July 2019 But 180 miles to the northeast in Pahrump, Nev., authorities are now investigating whether the quakes caused the death of a man found under a vehicle. Rong-gong Lin Ii, latimes.com, "How could Ridgecrest earthquakes kill someone 180 miles away in Nevada?," 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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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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