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

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 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 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, 15 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Public safety live streams of quake, fire, police, aircraft and more. San Francisco Chronicle, 30 Sep. 2021 The villages of Arkalochori and Iraklion were particularly affected by the quake, which had a recorded depth of 6.2 miles. Washington Post, 27 Sep. 2021 The quake, initially rated magnitude 5.8, was later upgraded. Yan Zhuang, New York Times, 21 Sep. 2021 The quake, centered in Sylmar in northern Los Angeles County’s San Fernando Valley, had a depth of about 3.8 miles. Fox News, 15 Sep. 2021 Bahram has spent years studying seismic activity in Afghanistan with the goal of helping the country develop critical infrastructure like hospitals, schools and roads that can better withstand the next quake, which inevitably will occur. Lara Farrar, Arkansas Online, 29 Aug. 2021 Now another quake, followed by a storm, has left Haiti in pieces. Eloise Barry, Time, 20 Aug. 2021 At least 1,900 people were killed and nearly 10,000 injured in the quake, which caused tremendous damage in an area that is home to about 1.5 million people. BostonGlobe.com, 18 Aug. 2021 The quake, which struck the southwest of the country, left at least 1,941 people dead and more than 6,900 injured. Matt Rivers, Etant Dupain And Jack Guy, CNN, 18 Aug. 2021

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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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“Quake.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quake. Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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quake

verb

English Language Learners Definition of quake

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to shake because of fear, anger, etc. : tremble
: to shake violently

quake

noun

English Language Learners Definition of quake (Entry 2 of 2)

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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