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: 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 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 Picking up the ball in his own half, Ronaldo danced away from a challenge, released himself from the grip of the most cynical shirt-pull of all time, and set off on a storming charge towards a visibly quaking backline. SI.com, "Ronaldo: Looking Back at 6 of he Brazilian's Most Iconic Moments on His Birthday," 18 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Claudia Weathermon Tester, marketing and communications director for Saint Alphonsus Medical Center Ontario, said the hospital suffered no damage from the quake. Malheur Enterprise, oregonlive, "Earthquake rattles Eastern Oregon, more than 100 miles from epicenter," 1 Apr. 2020 After the quake, many flocked to the parking lot of the Public Safety Building or took up posts at other critical locations around Anchorage, hunkering in their radio-equipped cars to function as a kind of substitute telephone service. Jon Mooallem, Smithsonian Magazine, "When a Quake Shook Alaska, a Radio Reporter Led the Public Through the Devastating Crisis," 19 Mar. 2020 Still fresh in many parents’ minds is the image of a school in the southwest coastal town of Guanica whose two top floors were flattened by the quake just two days before classes were scheduled to start. DÁnica Coto, BostonGlobe.com, "Students adrift after quake as Puerto Rico schools shuttered," 8 Feb. 2020 Authorities said 76 buildings were destroyed and more than 1,000 were damaged by the quake. Andrew Wilks, SFChronicle.com, "Rescuers search for survivors as earthquake toll rises to 38 in Turkey," 26 Jan. 2020 By 2011, researchers were able to take GPS data on the magnitude 9.1 earthquake that devastated Japan and show that the seafloor had shifted a staggering 60 meters during the quake. Alexandra Witze, Smithsonian, "Five Things You Probably Didn’t Know GPS Could Do," 1 Nov. 2019 By 2011, researchers were able to take GPS data on the magnitude 9.1 earthquake that devastated Japan and show that the seafloor had shifted a staggering 60 meters during the quake. Alexandra Witze, Scientific American, "GPS Is Doing More Than You Thought," 30 Oct. 2019 One of the first practical tests of the concept in California came after the Loma Prieta quake. Los Angeles Times, "Earthquake warning app will give anyone in California the chance to prepare," 16 Oct. 2019 The quake was felt by some in Northern California and Salt Lake City, hundreds of miles from the epicenter. Christine Hauser, New York Times, "Strong Earthquake Hits Western Nevada," 15 May 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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The first known use of quake was before the 12th century

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6 Apr 2020

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“Quake.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quake. Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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More Definitions for quake

quake

verb
How to pronounce quake (audio)

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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