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English Synonyms and Antonyms0.0 / 0 votes

  1. shake

    A thing is shaken which is subjected to short and abruptly checked movements, as forward and backward, up and down, from side to side, etc. A tree is "shaken with a mighty wind;" a man slowly shakes his head. A thing rocks that is sustained from below; it swings if suspended from above, as a pendulum, or pivoted at the side, as a crane or a bridge-draw; to oscillate is to swing with a smooth and regular returning motion; a vibrating motion may be tremulous or jarring. The pendulum of a clock may be said to swing, vibrate, or oscillate; a steel bridge vibrates under the passage of a heavy train; the term vibrate is also applied to molecular movements. Jolting is a lifting from and letting down suddenly upon an unyielding surface; as, a carriage jolts over a rough road. A jarring motion is abruptly and very rapidly repeated through an exceedingly limited space; the jolting of the carriage jars the windows. Rattling refers directly to the sound produced by shaking. To joggle is to shake slightly; as, a passing touch joggles the desk on which one is writing. A thing trembles that shakes perceptibly and with an appearance of uncertainty and instability, as a person under the influence of fear; a thing shivers when all its particles are stirred with a slight but pervading tremulous motion, as a human body under the influence of cold; shuddering is a more pronounced movement of a similar kind, in human beings often the effect of emotional or moral recoil; hence, the word is applied by extension to such feelings even when they have no such outward manifestation; as, one says, "I shudder at the thought." To quiver is to have slight and often spasmodic contractile motions, as the flesh under the surgeon's knife. Thrill is applied to a pervasive movement felt rather than seen; as, the nerves thrill with delight; quiver is similarly used, but suggests somewhat more of outward manifestation. To agitate in its literal use is nearly the same as to shake, tho we speak of the sea as agitated when we could not say it is shaken; the Latin agitate is preferred in scientific or technical use to the Saxon shake, and especially as applied to the action of mechanical contrivances; in the metaphorical use agitate is more transitory and superficial, shake more fundamental and enduring; a person's feelings are agitated by distressing news; his courage, his faith, his credit, or his testimony is shaken. Sway applies to the movement of a body suspended from above or not firmly sustained from below, and the motion of which is less pronounced than swinging, smoother than vibrating, and not necessarily constant as oscillating; as, the swaying of a reed in the wind. Sway used transitively especially applies to motions of grace or dignity; brandish denotes a threatening or hostile motion; a monarch sways the scepter; the ruffian brandishes a club. To reel or totter always implies liability to fall; reeling is more violent than swaying, tottering more irregular; a drunken man reels; we speak of the tottering step of age or infancy. An extended mass which seems to lack solidity or cohesion is said to quake; as, a quaking bog. Quaver is applied almost exclusively to tremulous sounds of the human voice. Flap, flutter, and fluctuate refer to wave-like movements, flap generally to such as produce a sharp sound; a cock flaps his wings; flutter applies to a less pronounced and more irregular motion; a captive bird or a feeble pulse flutters. Compare FLUCTUATE.

    agitate, brandish, flap, fluctuate, flutter, jar, joggle, jolt, jounce, oscillate, quake, quaver, quiver, reel, rock, shiver, shudder, sway, swing, thrill, totter, tremble, vibrate, wave, waver

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms4.0 / 3 votes

  1. shake

    agitate, weaken, oscillate, totter, convulse, loosen, tremble, jar, quiver, shiver

    secure, fix, fasten, strengthen, stabilitate, confirm, stand

Princeton's WordNet2.8 / 4 votes

  1. shingle, shakenoun

    building material used as siding or roofing

    handclasp, handshake, handshaking, trill, milk shake, shiver, wag, shingle, waggle, milkshake, tremble

  2. milkshake, milk shake, shakenoun

    frothy drink of milk and flavoring and sometimes fruit or ice cream

    handclasp, handshake, handshaking, trill, milk shake, shiver, wag, shingle, waggle, milkshake, tremble

  3. trill, shakenoun

    a note that alternates rapidly with another note a semitone above it

    handclasp, handshake, handshaking, trill, milk shake, shiver, wag, shingle, waggle, milkshake, tremble

  4. handshake, shake, handshaking, handclaspnoun

    grasping and shaking a person's hand (as to acknowledge an introduction or to agree on a contract)

    handclasp, handshake, handshaking, trill, milk shake, shiver, wag, shingle, waggle, milkshake, tremble

  5. tremble, shiver, shakenoun

    a reflex motion caused by cold or fear or excitement

    wag, waggle, tremble, milkshake, shingle, handshake, thrill, milk shake, trill, frisson, tingle, shudder, shiver, chill, quiver, handshaking, handclasp

  6. wag, waggle, shakeverb

    causing to move repeatedly from side to side

    handclasp, handshake, tremble, handshaking, trill, milk shake, shiver, wag, wit, shingle, waggle, milkshake, card

  7. shake, agitateverb

    move or cause to move back and forth

    "The chemist shook the flask vigorously"; "My hands were shaking"

    foment, commove, turn on, shake up, escape from, agitate, judder, rouse, disturb, sway, charge up, stir, campaign, shift, crusade, rock, stir up, charge, raise up, throw off, didder, shake off, budge, press, vex, stimulate, excite, push, fight

  8. shake, didderverb

    move with or as if with a tremor

    "his hands shook"

    escape from, stimulate, sway, excite, shake off, didder, rock, throw off, shake up, judder, agitate, stir

  9. judder, shakeverb

    shake or vibrate rapidly and intensively

    "The old engine was juddering"

    escape from, stimulate, sway, excite, shake off, didder, rock, throw off, shake up, judder, agitate, stir

  10. rock, sway, shakeverb

    move back and forth or sideways

    "the ship was rocking"; "the tall building swayed"; "She rocked back and forth on her feet"

    escape from, stimulate, sway, persuade, excite, shake off, didder, rock, carry, throw off, swing, shake up, judder, agitate, stir

  11. shakeverb

    undermine or cause to waver

    "my faith has been shaken"; "The bad news shook her hopes"

    escape from, stimulate, sway, excite, shake off, didder, rock, throw off, shake up, judder, agitate, stir

  12. stimulate, shake, shake up, excite, stirverb

    stir the feelings, emotions, or peace of

    "These stories shook the community"; "the civil war shook the country"

    touch, shake up, charge, excite, didder, succuss, have, raise up, get, rock, provoke, commove, energize, perk up, agitate, hasten, stir, call down, shift, conjure, make, reorganise, energise, turn on, arouse, wind up, reorganize, vex, conjure up, cause, sway, escape from, induce, budge, judder, raise, stimulate, jar, shake off, throw off, bump around, call forth, invoke, charge up, rouse, brace, bring up, evoke, sex, fluff up, rush, put forward, stir up, disturb, plump up

  13. shake, shake off, throw off, escape fromverb

    get rid of

    "I couldn't shake the car that was following me"

    throw, cast off, drop, shake up, escape from, agitate, judder, sway, cast, stir, rock, throw away, throw off, didder, shake off, stimulate, excite, shed

  14. shakeverb

    bring to a specified condition by or as if by shaking

    "He was shaken from his dreams"; "shake the salt out of the salt shaker"

    escape from, stimulate, sway, excite, shake off, didder, rock, throw off, shake up, judder, agitate, stir

  15. shakeverb

    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!"

    escape from, stimulate, sway, excite, shake off, didder, rock, throw off, shake up, judder, agitate, stir

Dictionary of English Synonymes0.0 / 0 votes

  1. shakeverb

    agitate, convulse, make to tremble or quiver

  2. shakeverb

    trill, sing with a trill

  3. shakeverb

    tremble, quake, quiver, totter, shudder, shiver

  4. shakenoun

    agitation, concussion, jar, jolt, shaking

  5. shakenoun


  6. shakenoun

    crack (in timber), fissure, cleft

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words0.0 / 0 votes

  1. shakenoun

    jar, shivering, jolt, shaking, shudder

  2. shakeverb

    agitate, jar, jolt, convulse, concuss, jounce, dodder, tremble, trill, shiver, totter, joggle, jiggle, wave, vibrate, shudder

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How to use shake in a sentence?

  1. Thomas Jefferson:

    Shake off all the fears of servile prejudices, under which weak minds are servilely crouched. Fix reason firmly in her seat, and call on her tribunal for every fact, every opinion. Question with boldness even the existence of a God because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason than that of blindfolded fear.

  2. Tebalo Jimmy:

    When I have money, I drink Black Label, when I don’t, I drink Shake-Shake, or nothing.

  3. Mike Breard:

    It's like if you take a coke bottle and shake it up and all the drink fizzles up. But if you don't shake it up, you end up getting more to drink - choking has the same effect.

  4. Goa Kerle:

    We need those who can violently shake the world in a gentle way, not those who gently shake it in a violent way.

  5. Tom Izzo:

    Not shaking hands, that's typical of our country right now, instead of solving the problem, let's make an excuse and let's see if we can just instead of, confronting and demanding that it changes, let's eliminate it so that we don't have those problems. Let's try to do that. That's perfect us right now, that's not perfect me. That's not happening here. So if some team doesn't want to shake hands, you're gonna see 15 of my guys walk down and shake air. We're going to shake air and I'm gonna to shake air and then we're gonna leave.

Translations for shake

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  • هزArabic
  • třást, potřást si rukamaCzech
  • трѧстиOld Church Slavonic, Church Slavonic, Old Bulgarian
  • milkshake, rysten, ryste af sig, ryste, rusk, rokke, give hånd på, chokereDanish
  • schütteln, erschüttern, Milchshake, händeschüttelnGerman
  • τραντάζω, σείωGreek
  • skuiEsperanto
  • agitarSpanish
  • تکاندنPersian
  • paiskata kättä, ravistus, päre, halkeama, ravistaa, ravistella, järkyttää, karistaa, täristä, kätellä, ravistelu, pirtelö, särö, vilaus, heristää, pudistaa, vavistaFinnish
  • secouer, agiter, secousse, se serrer la mainFrench
  • crathadh, crathScottish Gaelic
  • זעזע, ניערHebrew
  • megráz, rázHungarian
  • սասանելArmenian
  • sjeik, mjólkurhristingur, takast í hendur, dansa, hristingurIcelandic
  • 揺する, 動揺させる, 狼狽させる, 振り落とす, 拭う, 握手する, ミルクセーキ, セーキ, 揺らす, 振る, 振り払う, 揺れるJapanese
  • شه‌قاندنه‌وه‌, شه‌قاندنKurdish
  • commoveōLatin
  • rëselen, stuckelenLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
  • ruiruiMāori
  • လှုပ်Burmese
  • ryste, håndhilseNorwegian
  • schokken, schuddenDutch
  • riste, shake, handhilseNorwegian
  • podać sobie dłonie, pozbyć sięPolish
  • sacudir, mexer com, evadir, [[cumprimentar]]-[[se]], agitar, [[sacudir]] [[a]] [[cabeça]]Portuguese
  • scuturare, agita, scăpa, dansa, da mânaRomanian
  • стряхивать, стряхнуть, трястись, кокте́йль, трясти, потрясать, избавляться, избавиться, шататься, шейк, потрястиRussian
  • stresti, pretresti, otresti, šejk, trestiSlovene
  • milkshake, skaka, skakningSwedish
  • bắt tayVietnamese

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