verb (used without object), shook, shaken, shaking.
to move or sway with short, quick, irregular vibratory movements.
to tremble with emotion, cold, etc.
to become dislodged and fall (usually followed by off or down):
Sand shakes off easily.
to move something, or its support or container, briskly to and fro or up and down, as in mixing:
Shake before using.
to totter; become unsteady.
to clasp another’s hand in greeting, agreement, congratulations, etc.:
Let’s shake and be friends again.
Music. to execute a trill.
verb (used with object), shook, shaken, shaking.
to move (something or its support or container) to and fro or up and down with short, quick, forcible movements:
to shake a bottle of milk.
to brandish or flourish:
to shake a stick at someone.
to grasp (someone or something) firmly in an attempt to move or rouse by, or as by, vigorous movement to and fro:
We shook the tree.
to dislodge or dispense (something) by short, quick, forcible movements of its support or container:
We shook nuts from the tree.
to cause to sway, rock, totter, etc.:
to shake the very foundations of society.
to agitate or disturb profoundly in feeling:
The experience shook him badly.
to cause to doubt or waver; weaken. to shake one’s self-esteem.
Music. to trill (a note).
to mix (dice) by rolling in the palm of the hand before they are cast.
to get rid of; elude:
They tried to shake their pursuers.
an act or instance of shaking, rocking, swaying, etc.
shakes, (used with a singular verb) Informal. a state or spell of trembling, as caused by fear, fever, cold, etc. (usually preceded by the).
a disturbing blow; shock.
Informal. milk shake.
the act or a manner of clasping another’s hand in greeting, agreement, etc.:
He has a strong shake.
Informal. chance or fate; deal:
a fair shake.
a cast of the dice:
He threw an eight on his last shake.
something resulting from shaking.
a fissure in the earth.
an internal crack or fissure in timber.
Music. trill1 (def 9).
I’ll be with you in a shake.
Carpentry. a shingle or clapboard formed by splitting a short log into a number of tapered radial sections with a hatchet.
Horology. (in an escapement) the distance between the nearer corner of one pallet and the nearest tooth of the escape wheel when the other pallet arrests an escape tooth.
Chiefly South Midland U.S. shaker (def 2).
a dance deriving from the twist.
Slang. the dried leaves of the marijuana plant.
to cause to descend by shaking; bring down.
to cause to settle.
to condition; test:
to shake down a ship.
Informal. to extort money from.
Slang. to search (someone), especially to detect concealed weapons.
to rid oneself of; reject.
to get away from; leave behind.
Baseball, Softball. (of a pitcher) to indicate rejection of (a sign by the catcher for a certain pitch) by shaking the head or motioning with the glove.
to shake in order to mix or loosen.
to upset; jar.
to agitate mentally or physically:
The threat of attack has shaken up the entire country.
no great shakes, Informal. of no particular ability; unimportant; common:
As opera companies go, this one is no great shakes.
shake a leg, Informal.
to hurry up; get a move on:
You’d better shake a leg or we’ll miss the first act.
shake hands. hand (def 79).
shake one’s head,
to indicate disapproval, disagreement, negation, or uncertainty by turning one’s head from one side to the other and back:
I asked him if he knew the answer, but he just shook his head.
to indicate approval, agreement, affirmation or acceptance by nodding one’s head up and down.
shake the dust from one’s feet. dust (def 26).
two shakes (of a lamb’s tail), a very short time; a moment.
extortion, as by blackmail or threats of violence.
a thorough search:
a shakedown of prison cells to uncover hidden drugs.
a bed, as of straw or blankets, spread on the floor.
any makeshift bed.
the act or process of shaking down.
Also called shakedown cruise, shakedown flight. a cruise or flight intended to prepare a new vessel or aircraft for regular service by accustoming the crew to its features and peculiarities, breaking in and adjusting machinery, etc.
verb shakes, shaking, shook, shaken (ˈʃeɪkən)
to move or cause to move up and down or back and forth with short quick movements; vibrate
to sway or totter or cause to sway or totter
to clasp or grasp (the hand) of (a person) in greeting, agreement, etc: he shook John by the hand, he shook John’s hand, they shook and were friends
shake hands, to clasp hands in greeting, agreement, etc
(informal) shake on it, to shake hands in agreement, reconciliation, etc
to bring or come to a specified condition by or as if by shaking: he shook free and ran
(transitive) to wave or brandish: he shook his sword
(transitive) often foll by up. to rouse, stir, or agitate
(transitive) to shock, disturb, or upset: he was shaken by the news of her death
(transitive) to undermine or weaken: the crisis shook his faith
to mix (dice) by rattling in a cup or the hand before throwing
(transitive) (Austral, archaic, slang) to steal
(transitive) (US & Canadian, informal) to escape from: can you shake that detective?
(music) to perform a trill on (a note)
(transitive) (US, informal) to fare or progress; happen as specified: how’s it shaking?
(informal) shake a leg, to hurry: usually used in the imperative
shake in one’s shoes, to tremble with fear or apprehension
shake one’s head, to indicate disagreement or disapproval by moving the head from side to side
shake the dust from one’s feet, to depart gladly or with the intention not to return
the act or an instance of shaking
a tremor or vibration
(informal) the shakes, a state of uncontrollable trembling or a condition that causes it, such as a fever
(informal) a very short period of time; jiffy: in half a shake
a shingle or clapboard made from a short log by splitting it radially
a fissure or crack in timber or rock
an instance of shaking dice before casting
(music) another word for trill1 (sense 1)
a dance, popular in the 1960s, in which the body is shaken convulsively in time to the beat
an informal name for earthquake
short for milk shake
(informal) no great shakes, of no great merit or value; ordinary
verb (used without object), shook, shaken, shaking. 1. to move or sway with short, quick, irregular vibratory movements. 2. to tremble with emotion, cold, etc. 3. to become dislodged and fall (usually followed by off or down): Sand shakes off easily. 4. to move something, or its support or container, briskly to and fro or […]
noun 1. a usually fatal condition of abused infants brought on by violent shaking by the arms or shoulders that causes severe internal bleeding, especially around the brain and in the eyes. shaken baby syndrome noun 1. a combination of physical injuries and conditions such as brain damage and broken bones, sometimes leading to death, […]
noun 1. an elimination or winnowing out of some competing businesses, products, etc., as a result of intense competition in a market of declining sales or rising standards of quality. 2. a rapid decline in the values of certain securities sold in stock exchanges or the like. shakeout
noun 1. the process of reducing the number of people in a workforce in order to lower the costs of a company