Shake obs. p. p. of Shake.
Shake, v. t. [imp. Shook p. p. Shaken (Shook, obs.); p. pr. & vb. n. Shaking.]
1. To cause to move with quick or violent vibrations; to move rapidly one way and the other; to make to tremble or shiver; to agitate.
As a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind. --Rev. vi. 13.
Ascend my chariot; guide the rapid wheels
That shake heaven's basis. --Milton.
2. Fig.: To move from firmness; to weaken the stability of; to cause to waver; to impair the resolution of.
When his doctrines grew too strong to be shook by his enemies, they persecuted his reputation. --Atterbury.
Thy equal fear that my firm faith and love
Can by his fraud be shaken or seduced. --Milton.
3. Mus. To give a tremulous tone to; to trill; as, to shake a note in music.
4. To move or remove by agitating; to throw off by a jolting or vibrating motion; to rid one's self of; -- generally with an adverb, as off, out, etc.; as, to shake fruit down from a tree.
Shake off the golden slumber of repose. --Shak.
'Tis our fast intent
To shake all cares and business from our age. --Shak.
I could scarcely shake him out of my company. --Bunyan.
To shake a cask Naut., to knock a cask to pieces and pack the staves.
To shake hands, to perform the customary act of civility by clasping and moving hands, as an expression of greeting, farewell, good will, agreement, etc.
To shake out a reef Naut., to untile the reef points and spread more canvas.
To shake the bells. See under Bell.
To shake the sails Naut., to luff up in the wind, causing the sails to shiver. --Ham. Nav. Encyc.
Shake, v. i. To be agitated with a waving or vibratory motion; to tremble; to shiver; to quake; to totter.
Under his burning wheels
The steadfast empyrean shook throughout,
All but the throne itself of God. --Milton.
What danger? Who 's that that shakes behind there? --Beau. & Fl.
Shaking piece, a name given by butchers to the piece of beef cut from the under side of the neck. See Illust. of Beef.
1. The act or result of shaking; a vacillating or wavering motion; a rapid motion one way and other; a trembling, quaking, or shivering; agitation.
The great soldier's honor was composed
Of thicker stuff, which could endure a shake. --Herbert.
Our salutations were very hearty on both sides, consisting of many kind shakes of the hand. --Addison.
2. A fissure or crack in timber, caused by its being dried too suddenly.
3. A fissure in rock or earth.
4. Mus. A rapid alternation of a principal tone with another represented on the next degree of the staff above or below it; a trill.
5. Naut. One of the staves of a hogshead or barrel taken apart.
6. A shook of staves and headings.
7. Zool. The redshank; -- so called from the nodding of its head while on the ground. [Prov. Eng.]
No great shakes, of no great importance. [Slang] --Byron.
The shakes, the fever and ague. [Colloq. U.S.]
n 1: building material used as siding or roofing [syn: shingle]
2: frothy drink of milk and flavoring and sometimes fruit or
ice cream [syn: milkshake, milk shake]
3: a note that alternates rapidly with another note a semitone
above it [syn: trill]
4: grasping and shaking a person's hand (as to acknowledge an
introduction or to agree on a contract) [syn: handshake,
5: reflex shaking caused by cold or fear or excitement [syn: tremble,
6: causing to move repeatedly from side to side [syn: wag, waggle]
v 1: move or cause to move back and forth; "The chemist shook the
flask vigorously"; "My hands were shaking" [syn: agitate]
2: move with or as if with a tremor; "his hands shook" [syn: didder]
3: shake or vibrate rapidly and intensively; "The old engine
was juddering" [syn: judder]
4: move back and forth or sideways; "the ship was rocking";
"the tall building swayed"; "She rocked back and forth on
her feet" [syn: rock, sway]
5: undermine or cause to waver; "my faith has been shaken";
"The bad news shook her hopes"
6: stir the feelings, emotions, or peace of; "These stories
shook the community"; "the civil war shook the country"
[syn: stimulate, shake up, excite, stir]
7: get rid of; "I couldn't shake the car that was following me"
[syn: shake off, throw off, escape from]
8: bring to a specified condition by or as if by shaking; "He
was shaken from his dreams"; "shake the salt out of the
9: shake (a body part) to communicate a greeting, feeling, or
cognitive state; "shake one's head"; "She shook her finger
at the naughty students"; "The old enemies shook hands";
"Don't shake your fist at me!"
[also: shook, shaken]