\ 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



Definition of quake (Entry 2 of 2)

: an instance of shaking or trembling (as of the earth or moon) especially : earthquake

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
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Paintings are broken down into bits and pieces, which then quake, or dissolve, or morph into one thing or another. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 10 Feb. 2022 The slow pace of emergency aid distribution has flustered international charities, which partly attribute delays to quake damage and the effects of Tropical Storm Grace. Arkansas Online, 22 Aug. 2021 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Moreover, the quake briefly triggered a tsunami alert across Central America's Caribbean coast and caused infrastructure damage in the neighboring country of Guatemala. Phillip Nieto, Fox News, 2 Aug. 2022 To date, InSight has detected more than 1,300 marsquakes, including a monster magnitude 5.0 quake earlier this year that mission scientists are still poring over. Jonathan O'callaghan, Scientific American, 28 July 2022 With these two screaming off the edge, quarterbacks quake in their cleats. Mary Kay Cabot, cleveland, 28 July 2022 Around 15 cities and 280 towns felt the quake, and several roads were rendered impassable. Regine Cabato, Washington Post, 27 July 2022 Abra, the province where the quake took place, is a landlocked region known for deep valleys and mountainous terrain. Jessie Yeung, CNN, 26 July 2022 The building survived the great San Francisco quake of 1906. Los Angeles Times, 13 July 2022 The powerful quake in June killed more than 1,000 people in eastern Afghanistan, igniting yet another crisis for the struggling country. Rahim Faiez, BostonGlobe.com, 2 July 2022 The powerful quake in June killed more than 1,000 people in eastern Afghanistan, igniting yet another crisis for the struggling country. Rahim Faiez, ajc, 2 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of quake


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for quake


Middle English, from Old English cwacian

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More Definitions for quake


\ 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



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