Definitions for SHOCKʃɒk

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. a sudden or violent disturbance of the emotions or sensibilities.

  2. a sudden and violent blow or impact.

  3. a sudden or violent commotion.

  4. gravely diminished blood circulation caused by severe injury or pain, blood loss, or certain diseases and characterized by pallor, weak pulse, and very low blood pressure.

    Category: Pathology

  5. the physiological effect produced by the passage of an electric current through the body.

    Category: Physiology

  6. shocks, shock absorbers, esp. in the suspension of an automobile.

    Category: Automotive, Informal

  7. (v.t.)to affect with intense surprise, horror, etc.

  8. to give an electric shock to.

  9. to strike against violently.

  10. (v.i.)to undergo a shock.

  11. (adj.)intended to scandalize or titillate an audience by breaking taboos, esp. by using vulgarity, obscenity, or ethnic slurs:

    shock radio; shock art.

Origin of shock:

1555–65; < MF choc armed encounter, n. der. of choquer to clash (in battle) < Gmc; cf. D schokken to shake, jolt, jerk



  1. a thick, bushy mass, as of hair.

  2. (adj.)shaggy, as hair.

Origin of shock:


Princeton's WordNet

  1. daze, shock, stupor(noun)

    the feeling of distress and disbelief that you have when something bad happens accidentally

    "his mother's death left him in a daze"; "he was numb with shock"

  2. shock, impact(noun)

    the violent interaction of individuals or groups entering into combat

    "the armies met in the shock of battle"

  3. electric shock, electrical shock, shock(noun)

    a reflex response to the passage of electric current through the body

    "subjects received a small electric shock when they made the wrong response"; "electricians get accustomed to occasional shocks"

  4. shock(noun)

    (pathology) bodily collapse or near collapse caused by inadequate oxygen delivery to the cells; characterized by reduced cardiac output and rapid heartbeat and circulatory insufficiency and pallor

    "loss of blood is an important cause of shock"

  5. shock, seismic disturbance(noun)

    an instance of agitation of the earth's crust

    "the first shock of the earthquake came shortly after noon while workers were at lunch"

  6. shock, blow(noun)

    an unpleasant or disappointing surprise

    "it came as a shock to learn that he was injured"

  7. shock(noun)

    a pile of sheaves of grain set on end in a field to dry; stalks of Indian corn set up in a field

    "corn is bound in small sheaves and several sheaves are set up together in shocks"; "whole fields of wheat in shock"

  8. shock(noun)

    a bushy thick mass (especially hair)

    "he had an unruly shock of black hair"

  9. jolt, jar, jounce, shock(noun)

    a sudden jarring impact

    "the door closed with a jolt"; "all the jars and jolts were smoothed out by the shock absorbers"

  10. shock absorber, shock, cushion(verb)

    a mechanical damper; absorbs energy of sudden impulses

    "the old car needed a new set of shocks"

  11. shock, floor, ball over, blow out of the water, take aback(verb)

    surprise greatly; knock someone's socks off

    "I was floored when I heard that I was promoted"

  12. shock, offend, scandalize, scandalise, appal, appall, outrage(verb)

    strike with disgust or revulsion

    "The scandalous behavior of this married woman shocked her friends"

  13. shock(verb)

    strike with horror or terror

    "The news of the bombing shocked her"

  14. shock(verb)

    collide violently

  15. shock(verb)

    collect or gather into shocks

    "shock grain"

  16. shock(verb)

    subject to electrical shocks

  17. traumatize, traumatise, shock(verb)

    inflict a trauma upon

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. shock(noun)ʃɒk

    strong surprise when sth bad happens, or sth that causes this feeling

    the shock of hearing about the car accident; It was such a shock to see how sick she was.; The court's decision came as a shock.; The whole community was in shock.

  2. shockʃɒk

    a medical condition in which your body stops reacting correctly after an injury or great shock

    accident victims suffering from shock; He went into shock after arriving at the hospital.

  3. shockʃɒk

    an electrical charge that goes into your body

    She got a shock from the light switch.

  4. shock(verb)ʃɒk

    to surprise very much, often in a negative way

    He uses bad language because he thinks it shocks people.; We were shocked by the amount of poverty there.


  1. shock(Noun)

    Sudden, heavy impact.

    The train hit the buffers with a great shock.

  2. shock(Noun)

    An arrangement of sheaves for drying, a stook.

  3. shock(Verb)

    To cause to be emotionally shocked.

    The disaster shocked the world.

  4. shock(Verb)

    To give an electric shock.

  5. Origin: From schokken or choquer; both from schokken, from *, from skukkanan. Of uncertain origin. Perhaps related to skakanan, from (s)kAg'-; see shake. Cognate with schocken, scoc, schocken, skykkr, skykkjun, schiggen. More at shog.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Shock(noun)

    a pile or assemblage of sheaves of grain, as wheat, rye, or the like, set up in a field, the sheaves varying in number from twelve to sixteen; a stook

  2. Shock(noun)

    a lot consisting of sixty pieces; -- a term applied in some Baltic ports to loose goods

  3. Shock(verb)

    to collect, or make up, into a shock or shocks; to stook; as, to shock rye

  4. Shock(verb)

    to be occupied with making shocks

  5. Shock(noun)

    a quivering or shaking which is the effect of a blow, collision, or violent impulse; a blow, impact, or collision; a concussion; a sudden violent impulse or onset

  6. Shock(noun)

    a sudden agitation of the mind or feelings; a sensation of pleasure or pain caused by something unexpected or overpowering; also, a sudden agitating or overpowering event

  7. Shock(noun)

    a sudden depression of the vital forces of the entire body, or of a port of it, marking some profound impression produced upon the nervous system, as by severe injury, overpowering emotion, or the like

  8. Shock(noun)

    the sudden convulsion or contraction of the muscles, with the feeling of a concussion, caused by the discharge, through the animal system, of electricity from a charged body

  9. Shock

    to give a shock to; to cause to shake or waver; hence, to strike against suddenly; to encounter with violence

  10. Shock

    to strike with surprise, terror, horror, or disgust; to cause to recoil; as, his violence shocked his associates

  11. Shock(verb)

    to meet with a shock; to meet in violent encounter

  12. Shock(noun)

    a dog with long hair or shag; -- called also shockdog

  13. Shock(noun)

    a thick mass of bushy hair; as, a head covered with a shock of sandy hair

  14. Shock(adj)

    bushy; shaggy; as, a shock hair


  1. Shock

    Circulatory shock, commonly known simply as shock, is a life-threatening medical condition that occurs due to inadequate substrate for aerobic cellular respiration. In the early stages this is generally an inadequate tissue level of oxygen. The typical signs of shock are low blood pressure, a rapid heartbeat and signs of poor end-organ perfusion or "decompensation/peripheral shut down". There are times that a person's blood pressure may remain stable, but may still be in circulatory shock, so it is not always a sign. Circulatory shock is not related to the emotional state of shock. Circulatory shock is a life-threatening medical emergency and one of the most common causes of death for critically ill people. Shock can have a variety of effects, all with similar outcomes, but all relate to a problem with the body's circulatory system. For example, shock may lead to hypoxemia or cardiac arrest. One of the key dangers of shock is that it progresses by a positive feedback mechanism. Once shock begins, it tends to make itself worse, so immediate treatment of shock is critical to the survival of the sufferer.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Shock

    A pathological condition that can suddenly affect the hemodynamic equilibrium, usually manifested by failure to perfuse or oxygenate vital organs.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'SHOCK' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2487

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'SHOCK' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2743

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'SHOCK' in Nouns Frequency: #1021

Anagrams of SHOCK

  1. Hocks

Translations for SHOCK

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a severe emotional disturbance

The news gave us all a shock.

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