- (of persons) to shake or tremble from cold, weakness, fear, anger, or the like: He spoke boldly even though his legs were quaking.
- (of things) to shake or tremble, as from shock, internal convulsion, or instability: The earth suddenly began to quake.
- an earthquake.
- a trembling or tremulous agitation.
Origin of quake
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Examples from the Web for quaking
Obama and the Democrats generally have a history of quaking when this deficit talk starts up.Michael Tomasky on GOP Deficit Hypocrisy at Release of Obama’s Budget
February 14, 2012
Standing on that quaking wall Foulet and I stared at each other.The Floating Island of Madness
Quaking, reeling, almost falling, she came tottering down the patio.The Scapegoat
Father Pifferi, quaking with fear, thought he was there to protect Roma.The Eternal City
Then the wreckers, hand in hand, quaking and whimpering, stepped out to the mouth of the cave.
Quaking with undefined fears, he pushed on until he had joined them.
- unstable or unsafe to walk on, as a bog or quicksanda quaking bog; quaking sands
- to shake or tremble with or as with fear
- to convulse or quiver, as from instability
- the act or an instance of quaking
- informal short for earthquake
Word Origin and History for quaking
Old English cwacian "quake, tremble, chatter (of teeth)," related to cweccan "to shake, swing, move, vibrate," of unknown origin with no certain cognates outside English. Perhaps somehow imitative. In reference to earth tremors, probably by c.1200. Related: Quaked; quaking.