causing intense surprise, disgust, horror, etc.
a sudden and violent blow or impact; collision.
a sudden or violent disturbance or commotion:
the shock of battle.
a sudden or violent disturbance of the mind, emotions, or sensibilities:
The burglary was a shock to her sense of security. The book provided a shock, nothing more.
the cause of such a disturbance:
The rebuke came as a shock.
Pathology. a collapse of circulatory function, caused by severe injury, blood loss, or disease, and characterized by pallor, sweating, weak pulse, and very low blood pressure.
Compare anaphylactic shock, cardiogenic shock, hypovolemic shock.
the physiological effect produced by the passage of an electric current through the body.
shocks, Informal. shock absorbers, especially in the suspension of an automobile.
verb (used with object)
to strike or jar with intense surprise, horror, disgust, etc.:
He enjoyed shocking people.
to strike against violently.
to give an electric shock to.
verb (used without object)
to undergo a shock.
a group of sheaves of grain placed on end and supporting one another in the field.
verb (used with object)
to make into shocks.
causing shock, horror, or disgust
shocking pink, a vivid or garish shade of pink
(informal) very bad or terrible: shocking weather
to experience or cause to experience extreme horror, disgust, surprise, etc: the atrocities shocked us, she shocks easily
to cause a state of shock in (a person)
to come or cause to come into violent contact; jar
a sudden and violent jarring blow or impact
something that causes a sudden and violent disturbance in the emotions: the shock of her father’s death made her ill
(pathol) a state of bodily collapse or near collapse caused by circulatory failure or sudden lowering of the blood pressure, as from severe bleeding, burns, fright, etc
(pathol) pain and muscular spasm as the physical reaction to an electric current passing through the body
a number of sheaves set on end in a field to dry
a pile or stack of unthreshed corn
(transitive) to set up (sheaves) in shocks
a thick bushy mass, esp of hair
(rare) bushy; shaggy
Something that jars the mind or emotions as if with a violent, unexpected blow.
The disturbance of function, equilibrium, or mental faculties caused by such a blow; violent agitation.
A generally temporary massive physiological reaction to severe physical or emotional trauma, usually characterized by marked loss of blood pressure and depression of vital processes.
The sensation and muscular spasm caused by an electric current passing through the body or a body part.
The abnormally palpable impact of an accentuated heartbeat felt by a hand on the chest wall.
To induce a state of physical shock in a person.
To subject a person to an electric shock.
An instance of the passage of an electric current through the body. The amount of injury caused by electric shock depends on the type and strength of the current, the length of time the current is applied, and the route the current takes once it enters the body.
A life-threatening condition marked by a severe drop in blood pressure, resulting from serious injury or illness.
see: culture shock
adjective 1. causing intense surprise, disgust, horror, etc. 2. very bad: shocking manners. adjective 1. causing shock, horror, or disgust 2. shocking pink, a vivid or garish shade of pink 3. (informal) very bad or terrible: shocking weather
noun 1. a radio disc jockey or host who features offensive or controversial material. noun 1. (informal) a radio disc jockey who is deliberately controversial or provocative shnozz
- Shock lung
shock lung n. The development of edema, impaired perfusion, and reduction in alveolar space so that the alveoli collapse, occurring during shock. Also called pump lung.
adjective 1. Also, shock-proof. (of timepieces, machinery, etc.) protected against damage resulting from anticipated shocks. verb (used with object) 2. to protect (timepieces, machinery, etc.) against damage resulting from anticipated shocks. adjective 1. capable of absorbing shock without damage: a shockproof watch