Definition of shakedown
1 : an improvised bed (such as one made up on the floor)
2 : a boisterous dance
4 : a thorough search
5 : a process or period of adjustment
6 : a testing under operating conditions of something new (such as a ship) for possible faults and defects and for familiarizing the operators with it
Examples of shakedown in a Sentence
He was the victim of a shakedown by a street gang.
The guards conducted a shakedown of the prisoners' cells to look for weapons.
They're putting the system through a shakedown.
Recent Examples of shakedown from the Web
A total of between 12 and 15 test flights are tentatively planned, with the first few conducted as shakedown flights to extensively test the spaceplane.
New capability is scheduled to be added during post shakedown availability after final acceptance.
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SHAKEDOWN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of shakedown for English Language Learners
: the act of taking something (such as money) from someone by using threats or deception
: a thorough search of something
: a thorough test of a new ship, airplane, etc., in order to make sure there are no problems or defects
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