What does shock mean?

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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


  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

  15. Origin: [OE. schokken; cf. D. schokken, F. choquer, Sp. chocar. 161. Cf. Chuck to strike, Jog, Shake, Shock a striking, Shog, n. & v.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Shock

    shok, n. a violent shake: a sudden dashing of one thing against another: violent onset: an offence: a condition of prostration of voluntary and involuntary functions caused by trauma, a surgical operation, or excessive sudden emotional disturbance: (coll.) a sudden attack of paralysis, a stroke: an electrical stimulant to sensory nerves, &c.: any very strong emotion.—v.t. to shake by violence: to offend: to disgust: to dismay.—v.i. to collide with violence.—n. Shock′er (coll.), a very sensational tale.—adj. Shock′ing, offensive, repulsive.—adv. Shock′ingly.—n. Shock′ingness. [Prof. Skeat explains M. E. schokken, to shock, as from O. Fr. choc, a shock, choquer, to give a shock—Old High Ger. scoc, a shock, shaking movement. Cf. A.S. scóc, pa.t. of sceacan, to shake.]

  2. Shock

    shok, n. a heap or pile of sheaves of corn.—v.t. to make up into shocks or stooks.—n. Shock′er. [M. E. schokke—Old Dut. schocke.]

  3. Shock

    shok, n. a dog with long, shaggy hair: a mass of shaggy hair.—n. Shock′-dog, a rough-haired dog, a poodle.—adjs. Shock′-head, -ed, having a thick and bushy head of hair. [A variant of shag.]

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.

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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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of shock in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of shock in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of shock in a Sentence

  1. Vielka Roman:

    I was in shock.

  2. Shantie Krissoondatt:

    Im still in shock.

  3. Ken Maggiore:

    I am still in shock.

  4. Germanwings CEO Thomas Winkelmann:

    The shock is immense.

  5. Mike Connors:

    I was kind of in shock.

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