quake Meaning, Definition & Usage
noun shaking and vibration at the surface of the earth resulting from underground movement along a fault plane of from volcanic activity
seism; temblor; earthquake.
verb shake with fast, tremulous movements
- His nostrils palpitated
verb shake with seismic vibrations
- The earth was quaking
Quake intransitive verb
To be agitated with quick, short motions continually repeated; to shake with fear, cold, etc.; to shudder; to tremble.
"Quaking for dread." Chaucer.
She stood quaking like the partridge on which the hawk is ready to seize. Sir P. Sidney.
To shake, vibrate, or quiver, either from not being solid, as soft, wet land, or from violent convulsion of any kind;" Over quaking bogs." Macaulay. as, the earth quakes; the mountains quake.
Quake transitive verb
To cause to quake.Obs. Shak.
A tremulous agitation; a quick vibratory movement; a shudder; a quivering.
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