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Definition of shake:

  1. A fissure in rock or earth.
  2. A fissure or crack in timber, caused by its being dried too suddenly.
  3. A rapid alternation of a principal tone with another represented on the next degree of the staff above or below it; a trill.
  4. A shook of staves and headings.
  5. Fig.: To move from firmness; to weaken the stability of; to cause to waver; to impair the resolution of.
  6. obs. p. p. of Shake.
  7. One of the staves of a hogshead or barrel taken apart.
  8. The act or result of shaking; a vacillating or wavering motion; a rapid motion one way and other; a trembling, quaking, or shivering; agitation.
  9. The redshank; - so called from the nodding of its head while on the ground.
  10. To be agitated with a waving or vibratory motion; to tremble; to shiver; to quake; to totter.
  11. 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.
  12. To give a tremulous tone to; to trill; as, to shake a note in music.
  13. 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.


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