What does Shake mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. shingle, shakenoun

    building material used as siding or roofing

  2. milkshake, milk shake, shakenoun

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

  3. trill, shakenoun

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

  4. handshake, shake, handshaking, handclaspnoun

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

  5. tremble, shiver, shakenoun

    a reflex motion caused by cold or fear or excitement

  6. wag, waggle, shakeverb

    causing to move repeatedly from side to side

  7. shake, agitateverb

    move or cause to move back and forth

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

  8. shake, didderverb

    move with or as if with a tremor

    "his hands shook"

  9. judder, shakeverb

    shake or vibrate rapidly and intensively

    "The old engine was juddering"

  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"

  11. shakeverb

    undermine or cause to waver

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

  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"

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

    get rid of

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

  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"

  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!"


  1. shakenoun

    The act of shaking something.

    The cat gave the mouse a shake.

  2. shakenoun

    A milkshake.

  3. shakenoun

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

  4. shakenoun

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

  5. shakenoun

    A thin shingle.

  6. shakenoun

    A crack or split between the growth rings in wood.

  7. shakenoun

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

  8. shakeverb

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

  9. shakeverb

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

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

  10. shakeverb

    To disturb emotionally; to shock.

  11. shakeverb

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

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

  12. shakeverb

    To move from side to side.

    She shook with grief.

  13. shakeverb

    To shake hands.

    OK, let's shake on it.

  14. shakeverb

    To dance.

    She was shaking it on the dance floor.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Shakenoun

    Etymology: from the verb.

    If that thy fame with ev’ry toy be pos’d,
    ’Tis a thin web, which poisonous fancies make;
    But the great soldier’s honour was compos’d
    Of thicker stuff, which could endure a shake:
    Wisdom picks friends; civility plays the rest,
    A toy shunn’d cleanly passeth with thee best. George Herbert.

    The freeholder is the basis of all other titles: this is the substantial stock, without which they are no more than blossoms that would fall away with every shake of wind. Addison.

    Several of his countrymen probably lived within the shake of the earthquake, and the shadow of the eclipse, which are recorded by this author. Addison.

    Our salutations were very hearty on both sides, consisting of many kind shakes of the hand. Addison.

  2. To Shakeverb

    preterit, shook; part. pass. shaken, or shook.

    Etymology: sceacan , Saxon; shecken, Dutch.

    Who honours not his father,
    Henry the fifth that made all France to quake,
    Shake he his weapon at us, and pass by. William Shakespeare.

    I will shake mine hand upon them, and they shall be a spoil to their servants. Zech. ii 9.

    I shook my lap and said, so God shake out every man from his house, even thus be he shaken out and emptied. Neh. v.

    The stars fell unto the earth, even as a fig-tree casteth her untimely figs when she is shaken of a mighty wind. Rev. vi.

    He shook the sacred honours of his head:
    With terror trembled heav’n’s subsiding hill,
    And from his shaken curls ambrosial dews distil. Dryden.

    She first her husband on the poop espies,
    Shaking his hand at distance on the main;
    She took the sign, and shook her hand again. Dryden.

    The rapid wheels shake heav’n’s basis. John Milton.

    Let France acknowledge that her shaken throne
    Was once supported, sir, by you alone. Wentworth Dillon.

    Macbeth is ripe for shaking, and the powers above
    Put on their instruments. William Shakespeare.

    The tyrannous breathing of the North
    Shakes all our buds from blowing. William Shakespeare.

    When ye depart, shake off the dust of your feet. Mat. x.

    He looked at his book, and, holding out his right leg, put it into such a quivering motion, that I thought he would have shaked it off. Tatler.

    ’Tis our first intent
    To shake all cares and business from our age,
    Conferring them on younger strengths, whilst we
    Unburthen’d crawl towards death. William Shakespeare.

    When his doctrines grew too strong to be shook by his enemies, they persecuted his reputation. Francis Atterbury.

    A fly and constant knave, not to be shak’d. William Shakespeare, Cymb.

    This respite shook
    The bosom of my conscience. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.

    Be not soon shaken in mind, or troubled, as that the day of Christ is at hand. 2 Thes. ii. 2.

    Not my firm faith
    Can by his fraud be shaken or seduc’d. John Milton.

    With the slave,
    He ne’er shook hands, nor bid farewel to him,
    ’Till he unseam’d him from the nape to th’ chops. William Shakespeare.

    Nor can it be safe to a king to tarry among them who are shaking hands with their allegiance, under pretence of laying faster hold of their religion. Charles I .

    Be pleas’d that I shake off these names you give me:
    Antonio never yet was thief or pirate. William Shakespeare.

    If I could shake off but one seven years,
    From these old arms and legs,
    I’d with thee every foot. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    Say, sacred bard! what could bestow
    Courage on thee, to soar so high?
    Tell me, brave friend! what help’d thee so
    To shake off all mortality? Edmund Waller.

    Him I reserved to be answered by himself, after I had shaken off the lesser and more barking creatures. Edward Stillingfleet.

    Can I want courage for so brave a deed?
    I’ve shook it off: my soul is free from fear. Dryden.

    Here we are free from the formalities of custom and respect: we may shake off the haughty impertinent. Collier.

    How does thy beauty smooth
    The face of war, and make even horrour smile!
    At sight of thee my heart shakes off its sorrows. Addison.

  3. To Shakeverb

    Darts are counted as stubble: he laugheth at the shaking of a spear. Job xli. 29.

    Thy sight, which should
    Make our eyes flow with joy, hearts dance with comforts,
    Constrains them weep, and shake with fear and sorrow. William Shakespeare.

    What said the wench, when he rose up again?
    —— Trembled and shook; for why, he stamp’d,
    As if the vicar meant to cozen him. William Shakespeare.

    A shaking through their limbs they find,
    Like leaves saluted by the wind. Edmund Waller.

    He short of succours, and in deep despair,
    Shook at the dismal prospect of the war. John Dryden, Æn.


  1. Shake

    Shake, Rattle and Roll is a twelve bar blues-form song, written in 1954 by Jesse Stone under his songwriting pseudonym of Charles E. Calhoun. It was originally recorded by Big Joe Turner and most successfully by Bill Haley & His Comets. The song as sung by Big Joe Turner is ranked number 127 on the Rolling Stone magazine's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.


  1. shake

    A shake is a quick, back-and-forth movement or vibration of an object or a part of the body, typically resulting in a rhythmic action. It can refer to the act of shaking something physically or the sensation caused by rapid movements.

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. Shakeverb

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

  7. Shakenoun

    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. Shakenoun

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

  9. Shakenoun

    a fissure in rock or earth

  10. Shakenoun

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

  11. Shakenoun

    one of the staves of a hogshead or barrel taken apart

  12. Shakenoun

    a shook of staves and headings

  13. Shakenoun

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

  14. Etymology: [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.

Rap Dictionary

  1. shakenoun

    Leftover marijuana from a large bag, usually small pieces that have shaken off the bud, thus the name.

Suggested Resources

  1. shake

    Song lyrics by shake -- Explore a large variety of song lyrics performed by shake on the Lyrics.com website.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. SHAKE

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Shake is ranked #17337 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Shake surname appeared 1,630 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Shake.

    88.1% or 1,437 total occurrences were White.
    3.6% or 59 total occurrences were Asian.
    2.9% or 48 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    2.2% or 37 total occurrences were Black.
    2% or 33 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    0.9% or 16 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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. Tom Perez:

    Well the most important thing we're going to do is to build a fair, level playing field for everybody, i welcome the debate. I think there is going to be a bumper crop of candidates and that the American people are going to see a very robust Democratic Party. What will unite all of them is that they are all fighting for a better deal and a brighter future and better tomorrows for everyone, not just a few at the top. And what we're doing at the DNC is making sure we build the infrastructure, the organizing infrastructure, the technology infrastructure so that whoever ... becomes the nominee that they can walk into a DNC that enables them to sprint across the finish line.Listen hereWhile Perez said he hopes ideas and ideals are what helps to unite his party, it may just be mutual disgust for Trump that will act as the super glue for Democrats.Below are some of excerpts of my interview with DNC Chairman Tom Perez. This QA has been edited for brevity, clarity and flow.Mark Preston: As you look at the current state of play right now, what is the Democratic plan to address Donald Trump in this off year?Tom Perez: Step one is that we have to take on Donald Trump in all of these areas that he's trying to take America back, and make America weak, not make America great. Equally important though, we can't simply be against Donald Trump. We've got to articulate what we are for, and we have always been fighting for a fair shake for everyone. Listen hereFollow CNN OpinionJoin us on Twitter and FacebookPreston: (W)hen you were running for chairman, ... it was a bit of a contentious fight. There was a lot of criticism from the grassroots about the battle between establishment Democrats and grassroots Democrats. ... What is being done behind the scenes to try to bridge the divide between those two (factions)?Perez: Every single day we are leading with our values. ... If we want to address income inequality in this country, one of the most important things we can do is support efforts for people to unionize and form a union. When unions succeed, the middle class succeeds. When unions succeed, income inequality goes down, and what we have to do as a party is be out there on the issues that matter the most to people: health care, good jobs, the efforts to cut support for public education, we have to articulate what we stand for.

  2. David Bellinger:

    If people just vote with their wallets, and let these companies know that they care, that's probably an effective a way to shake this thing loose.

  3. Paul Offit:

    This was not acceptable. I understand we’re in the middle of a pandemic. I understand we’re building the plane while it’s still in the air, but you can’t do this, it did shake my faith. It shook my faith in how these decisions were being made.

  4. Bill Miller:

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

  5. Vladimir Mayakovsky:

    No gray hairs streak my soul, no grandfatherly fondness there I shake the world with the might of my voice, and walk-handsome, twentytwoyearold.

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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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