What does quake mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. earthquake, quake, temblor, seismverb

    shaking and vibration at the surface of the earth resulting from underground movement along a fault plane of from volcanic activity

  2. quiver, quake, palpitateverb

    shake with fast, tremulous movements

    "His nostrils palpitated"

  3. tremor, quakeverb

    shake with seismic vibrations

    "The earth was quaking"


  1. Quakenoun

    An earthquake.


  1. quakenoun

    A trembling or shaking.

    We felt a quake in the apartment every time the train went by.

  2. quakenoun

    An earthquake, a trembling of the ground with force.

    California is plagued by quakes, there are a few minor ones almost every month.

  3. quakeverb

    To tremble or shake.

    I felt the ground quaking beneath my feet

  4. quakeverb

    To tremble or shake with fear.

    When the bad-guy suddenly appeared on screen, I quaked uncontrollably

  5. Etymology: From quaken, from cwacian, from kwakōnan, from gʷog-, related to cweccan (see quitch), kwakkelje, kwakkelen, Quackelei, kvakle, vexo, bogadh.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Quakenoun

    A shudder; a tremulous agitation.

    Etymology: from the verb.

    As the earth may sometimes shake,
    For winds shut up will cause a quake;
    So often jealousy and fear
    Stol’n to mine heart, cause tremblings there. John Suckling.

  2. To Quakeverb

    Etymology: cwacan , Saxon.

    Dorus threw Pamela behind a tree, where she stood quaking like the partridge on which the hawk is even ready to seize. Philip Sidney, b. i.

    If Cupid hath not spent all his quiver in Venice, thou wilt quake for this. William Shakespeare.

    Do such business as the better day
    Would quake to look on. William Shakespeare, Hamlet.

    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.

    The mountains quake at him, and the hills melt, and the earth is burnt at his presence. Nah. i. 5.

    Son of man eat thy bread with quaking, and drink thy water with trembling and carefulness. Ezek. xii. 18.

    In fields they dare not fight where honour calls,
    The very noise of war their souls does wound,
    They quake but hearing their own trumpets sound. Dryden.

    Next Smedley div’d; slow circles dimpled o’er
    The quaking mud, that clos’d and op’d no more. Alexander Pope.


  1. quake

    A quake is a sudden and violent shaking of the ground, often resulting from movement within the earth's crust or from volcanic activity. It can also refer to any sudden and significant shaking, tremor, or disturbance.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Quakeverb

    to be agitated with quick, short motions continually repeated; to shake with fear, cold, etc.; to shudder; to tremble

  2. Quakeverb

    to shake, vibrate, or quiver, either from not being solid, as soft, wet land, or from violent convulsion of any kind; as, the earth quakes; the mountains quake

  3. Quakeverb

    to cause to quake

  4. Quakenoun

    a tremulous agitation; a quick vibratory movement; a shudder; a quivering

  5. Etymology: [Cf. AS. cweccan to move, shake. See Quake, v. t.]


  1. Quake

    Quake is a first person shooter that was released by id Software in 1996 and the first game in the popular Quake series of video games. In the game, players must find their way out of various maze-like, medieval environments while battling a variety of monsters using a wide array of guns. The successor to id's Doom series, Quake built upon the technology and gameplay of its predecessor in many ways. Unlike the Doom engine before it, the Quake engine offered full real-time 3D rendering and early support for 3D acceleration through OpenGL. After Doom helped popularize multiplayer deathmatches, Quake added various multiplayer options. Online multiplayer became increasingly common, with the QuakeWorld update and software such as QuakeSpy making the process of finding and playing against other competitors on the Internet far easier and more reliable. Various multiplayer mods were developed including Team Fortress and Capture the flag. The game received much acclaim on release and its commercial success led to several sequels, starting with Quake II, which abandoned the gothic stylings of the original for a science fiction theme. Since then, many bands such as "Quake" from Illinois, have decided to use the video game as a title for their band. Because of this, Quake has since been recognized as one of the greatest achievements of the video game industry, influencing games that came after it, as well as the artforms of user mods and machinima.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Quake

    kwāk, v.i. to tremble, esp. with cold or fear: to tremble from want of firmness.—v.t. to cause to tremble:—pr.p. quā′king; pa.t. and pa.p. quāked.—n. a shake: a shudder.—ns. Quā′kiness; Quā′king; Quā′king-grass, a native grass of the genus Briza, so called from the tremulous motion of its spikelets.—adv. Quā′kingly.—adj. Quā′ky, shaky. [A.S. cwacian; perh. allied to quick.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of quake in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of quake in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of quake in a Sentence

  1. Sutopo Purwo Nugroho:

    We can easily forget. After the quake in Aceh we wanted to do everything, but by 2015 we don't have money allocated (to fix the buoys), most of (the buoys) were broken by vandalism.

  2. Lius Winarto:

    We felt the quake quite strongly...but thankfully no one was hurt and there was only minor damage, everything has gone back to normal now.

  3. Bruce Banerdt:

    Since we set our seismometer down in December 2018, we've been waiting for' the big one,' this quake is sure to provide a view into the planet like no other. Scientists will be analyzing this data to learn new things about Mars for years to come.

  4. Susan Hough:

    In the 1906 California earthquake, some people living 100 miles away slept through The Haiti quake, whereas the New Madrid earthquakes( which happened in 1811 and 1812 in present-day Missouri), it actually rang church bells in Charleston, South Carolina. That has to do with how the waves travel through the crust. There's a difference.

  5. Nikita Khrushchev:

    There are still some people who think that we have Stalin to thank for all our progress, who quake before Stalin's dirty underdrawers, who stand at attention and salute them.

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