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

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 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Much of the $500 million in damage that took place was caused by fires that erupted in the aftermath of the quake. Smithsonian, "Rare 1906 San Francisco Earthquake Footage Found at Flea Market," 9 Mar. 2018 That quake was felt throughout Southern California. Gary Robbins, sandiegouniontribune.com, "4 small earthquakes shake San Diego desert," 12 May 2018 The quake triggered a tsunami that killed 230,000 people in a dozen countries. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "7.5 magnitude earthquake in Indonesia triggers tsunami, officials say," 29 Sep. 2018 The city is close to Kobe, which was hit by a deadly magnitude 6.9 quake in 1995. Anchorage Daily News, "Magnitude 6.1 quake in Japan’s Osaka area kills three, stops factories," 18 June 2018 The US Geological Survey said the magnitude of the most severe quake was 5. Joe Sutton, CNN, "Hawaii's Kilauea volcano erupts, prompting mandatory evacuations," 4 May 2018 The quake triggered emergency alarms and jarred awake residents as far away as Mexico City who scrambled into the streets. Kim Hjelmgaard, USA TODAY, "Mexico struck by 5.9-magnitude earthquake," 19 Feb. 2018 In other cases owners carried out repairs that were purely cosmetic — masking damage that is likely to be revealed in the next quake. Fox News, "Damaged buildings, graft haunt Mexico City year after quake," 18 Sep. 2018 In all, 131 people died in the quake or from a tsunami that killed people from Alaska to California. Mark Thiessen, Anchorage Daily News, "Valdez honors Alaska Guardsmen killed in plane crash after 1964 earthquake," 23 June 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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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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