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Definition of "quake" []

  • To shake or tremble, as from instability or shock. (verb-intransitive)
  • To shiver, as with cold or from strong emotion. See Synonyms at shake. (verb-intransitive)
  • An instance of quaking. (noun)
  • An earthquake. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "quake" in a sentence
  • "Desperately needed aid from around the world began arriving in quake-stunned Haiti on Thursday, while rescuers struggled to save the trapped and injured."
  • "All buildings will collapse if the quake is severe enough though."
  • "Kan ordered the plant's operators to craft mid- and long-term quake safety measures for Hamaoka."