What does Shake mean?

Definitions for Shake

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word Shake.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. shingle, shake(noun)

    building material used as siding or roofing

  2. milkshake, milk shake, shake(noun)

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

  3. trill, shake(noun)

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

  4. handshake, shake, handshaking, handclasp(noun)

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

  5. tremble, shiver, shake(noun)

    a reflex motion caused by cold or fear or excitement

  6. wag, waggle, shake(verb)

    causing to move repeatedly from side to side

  7. shake, agitate(verb)

    move or cause to move back and forth

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

  8. shake, didder(verb)

    move with or as if with a tremor

    "his hands shook"

  9. judder, shake(verb)

    shake or vibrate rapidly and intensively

    "The old engine was juddering"

  10. rock, sway, shake(verb)

    move back and forth or sideways

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

  11. shake(verb)

    undermine or cause to waver

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

  12. stimulate, shake, shake up, excite, stir(verb)

    stir the feelings, emotions, or peace of

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

  13. shake, shake off, throw off, escape from(verb)

    get rid of

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

  14. shake(verb)

    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"

  15. shake(verb)

    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!"


  1. shake(Noun)

    The act of shaking something.

    The cat gave the mouse a shake.

  2. shake(Noun)

    A milkshake.

  3. shake(Noun)

    A beverage made by adding ice cream to a (usually carbonated) drink; a float.

  4. shake(Noun)

    Shake cannabis, small, leafy fragments of cannabis that gather at the bottom of a bag of marijuana.

  5. shake(Noun)

    A thin shingle.

  6. shake(Noun)

    A crack or split between the growth rings in wood.

  7. shake(Noun)

    Instant, second. (Esp. in two shakes.)

  8. shake(Verb)

    To cause (something) to move rapidly in opposite directions alternatingly.

  9. shake(Verb)

    To move (one's head) from side to side, especially to indicate a negative.

    Shaking his head, he kept repeating "No, no, no".

  10. shake(Verb)

    To disturb emotionally; to shock.

  11. shake(Verb)

    To lose, evade, or get rid of (something).

    I can't shake the feeling that I forgot something.

  12. shake(Verb)

    To move from side to side.

    She shook with grief.

  13. shake(Verb)

    To shake hands.

    OK, let's shake on it.

  14. shake(Verb)

    To dance.

    She was shaking it on the dance floor.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Shake

    obs. p. p. of Shake

  2. Shake

    to cause to move with quick or violent vibrations; to move rapidly one way and the other; to make to tremble or shiver; to agitate

  3. Shake

    fig.: To move from firmness; to weaken the stability of; to cause to waver; to impair the resolution of

  4. Shake

    to give a tremulous tone to; to trill; as, to shake a note in music

  5. Shake

    to move or remove by agitating; to throw off by a jolting or vibrating motion; to rid one's self of; -- generally with an adverb, as off, out, etc.; as, to shake fruit down from a tree

  6. Shake(verb)

    to be agitated with a waving or vibratory motion; to tremble; to shiver; to quake; to totter

  7. Shake(noun)

    the act or result of shaking; a vacillating or wavering motion; a rapid motion one way and other; a trembling, quaking, or shivering; agitation

  8. Shake(noun)

    a fissure or crack in timber, caused by its being dried too suddenly

  9. Shake(noun)

    a fissure in rock or earth

  10. Shake(noun)

    a rapid alternation of a principal tone with another represented on the next degree of the staff above or below it; a trill

  11. Shake(noun)

    one of the staves of a hogshead or barrel taken apart

  12. Shake(noun)

    a shook of staves and headings

  13. Shake(noun)

    the redshank; -- so called from the nodding of its head while on the ground

  14. Origin: [OE. shaken, schaken, AS. scacan, sceacan; akin to Icel. & Sw. skaka, OS. skakan, to depart, to flee. 161. Cf. Shock, v.]


  1. Shake

    Shake was an image compositing package used in the post-production industry. Shake was widely used in visual effects and digital compositing for film, video and commercials. Shake exposed its node graph architecture graphically. It enabled complex image processing sequences to be designed through the connection of effects "nodes" in a graphical workflow interface. This type of compositing interface allowed great flexibility, including the ability to modify the parameters of an earlier image processing step "in context". Many other compositing packages, such as Blender, eyeon Fusion, Nuke and Cineon, also used a similar node-based approach. Shake was available for Mac OS X and Linux. Support for Microsoft Windows and IRIX was discontinued in previous versions. On July 30, 2009, Apple discontinued Shake. No direct product replacement had been announced by Apple, but some features are now available in Final Cut Studio and Motion, such as the SmoothCam filter.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Shake

    shāk, v.t. to move with quick, short motions: to agitate: to make to tremble: to threaten to overthrow: to cause to waver: to give a tremulous note to.—v.i. to be agitated: to tremble: to shiver: to lose firmness:—pa.t. shook, (B.) shāked; pa.p. shāk′en,n. a rapid tremulous motion: a trembling or shivering: a concussion: a rent in timber, rock, &c.: (mus.) a rapid repetition of two notes: (slang) a brief instant.—n. Shake′down, a temporary bed, named from the original shaking down of straw for this purpose.—adj. Shāk′en, weakened, disordered.—ns. Shāk′er, one of a small communistic religious sect founded in Manchester about the middle of the 18th century, so nicknamed from a peculiar dance forming part of their religious service; Shake′-rag (obs.), a ragged fellow; Shāk′erism.—adv. Shāk′ily.—n. Shāk′iness.—adj. Shāk′y, in a shaky condition: feeble: (coll.) wavering, undecided: of questionable ability, solvency, or integrity: unsteady: full of cracks or clefts.—Shake down, or together, to make more compact by shaking; Shake hands, to salute by grasping the hand: (with) to bid farewell to; Shake off the dust from one's feet, to renounce all intercourse with; Shake the head, to move the head from side to side in token of reluctance, disapproval, &c.; Shake together (coll.), to get friendly with; Shake up, to restore to shape by shaking: (Shak.) to upbraid.—Great shakes (coll.), a thing of great account, something of value (usually 'No great shakes'). [A.S. sceacan, scacan.]


  1. Shake

    Shake is a mobile-first application that allows users to create, sign, and send, plain English and legally binding agreements from their phones. Shake was founded in 2012 by an experienced team of entrepreneurs and investors. They have decades of startup and executive leadership experience at companies such as Google, Spotify, AOL, BuzzFeed, and RRE Ventures.

Editors Contribution

  1. shake

    A type of beverage created and processed in various food colors, formula, ingredients, recipes and substances.

    Some shops, cafe's and restaurants have a shake machine and make drinks of many varieties and tastes.

    Submitted by MaryC on December 17, 2016  

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British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Shake' in Verbs Frequency: #245

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Shake in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Shake in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of Shake in a Sentence

  1. Unknown:

    Show a leg or shake a leg.

  2. KDrew:

    Fear Can't Shake Our Faith

  3. The President:

    I will be honored to shake their hands.

  4. Hubert Santos:

    This defendant did not get a fair shake.

  5. Bill Miller:

    I just shake my head and say, ‘Zero.’.

Images & Illustrations of Shake

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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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