(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.
a trembling or tremulous agitation.
- quak·ing·ly, adverb
- un·quak·ing, adjective
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How to use quake in a sentence
When a quake does hit, modern early warning systems can help people brace for shaking.50 years ago, scientists were looking for ways to predict earthquakes | Maria Temming | October 9, 2020 | Science News
Other robots use lasers to scout below the surface of Mars to find out what they are made of — and if there are quakes.
The overwhelming majority of the destruction came from the flames, not the quake.They Know How to Prevent Megafires. Why Won’t Anybody Listen? | by Elizabeth Weil | August 28, 2020 | ProPublica
Most of the quakes were far too small to be felt but were detectable by the sensors.Machine learning helped demystify a California earthquake swarm | Carolyn Gramling | June 18, 2020 | Science News
This is a quake that measures 7 or more on the Richter scale.
But with a stronger quake, we could have a serious problem.
If anything demonstrates the power of comedy to make dictators quake in their boots, it is the events of the past few days.The Sony Hack and America’s Craven Capitulation To Terror | David Keyes | December 19, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Almost six years after the deadly quake, little of the money pledged to rebuild the broken city has been anted up.Madonna, Carla Bruni & Obama Abandoned Pledges To Rebuild L'Aquila After The Quake | Barbie Latza Nadeau | November 18, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | Michael Daly | September 8, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The smaller wineries still cleaning up from the quake are not yet equipped to process fruit.
I could feel a quake go through him as a tree which has just been cut throbs before it falls.Kari the Elephant | Dhan Gopal Mukerji
Your Court is made up of owls who fear the light, of old men who quake in the presence of the young, or who simply disregard them.Z. Marcas | Honore de Balzac
It made him quake to think that she might suddenly see out of those dear, blind eyes.The Hidden Places | Bertrand W. Sinclair
"That was an awful big quake," replied Zeb, with a white face.Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz | L. Frank Baum
He was, I think, the only man in Thrums who did not quake when the minister looked at him.Auld Licht Idylls | J. M. Barrie
British Dictionary definitions for quake
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
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