- (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 quake
It is aware that the fear on which it ultimately thrives is that of politicians who quake at its supposed influence and money.The NRA’s Multimillion-Dollar New Ad Campaign Is Despicable
September 8, 2014
The smaller wineries still cleaning up from the quake are not yet equipped to process fruit.Cleaning Up From Napa's Winepocalypse
August 30, 2014
In the hours before the quake, some local authorities ordered evacuations that proved effective in saving lives.Turns Out, a Video of Bison Purportedly Fleeing Yellowstone Is a Hoax
April 8, 2014
Some of these waves are what we feel when the ground beneath our feet moves during a quake.A Lot of Earthquakes Have Been Reported Lately, but Scientists Aren’t Worried
April 2, 2014
Haiti had extreme problems far pre-dating the quake that should have been central to the planning for any realistic solution.The Aid Industry Failed Haiti After Its 2010 Quake
February 3, 2014
If I do not make Hickman quake now-and-then, he will endeavour to make me fear.Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9)
She surveyed us both with a scorn in her eyes that made us quake a little.The Harbor
You'll see the plants which make me quake; you'll see the springs, such a shower of water!Abbe Mouret's Transgression
I'm that fearsome, that I declare I shiver and quake at nothing.A Son of Hagar
Sir Hall Caine
It got to be so that whatever we touched began to quake and quiver.My Reminiscences
- 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 quake
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.