shock

1
[ shok ]
/ ʃɒk /

noun

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to undergo a shock.

Origin of shock

1
1555–65; < Middle French choc armed encounter, noun derivative of choquer to clash (in battle) < Germanic; compare Dutch schokken to shake, jolt, jerk

SYNONYMS FOR shock

8 stagger, astound, stupefy. Shock, startle, paralyze, stun suggest a sudden, sharp surprise that affects one somewhat like a blow. Shock suggests a strong blow, as it were, to one's nerves, sentiments, sense of decency, etc.: The onlookers were shocked by the accident. Startle implies the sharp surprise of sudden fright: to be startled by a loud noise. Paralyze implies such a complete shock as to render one temporarily helpless: paralyzed with fear. Stun implies such a shock as bewilders or stupefies: stunned by the realization of an unpleasant truth.

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Definition for shock (2 of 3)

shock

2
[ shok ]
/ ʃɒk /

noun

a group of sheaves of grain placed on end and supporting one another in the field.

verb (used with object)

to make into shocks.

Origin of shock

2
1275–1325; Middle English; cognate with Low German schok shock of grain, group of sixty, German Schock sixty

Related forms

shock·er, noun

Definition for shock (3 of 3)

shock

3
[ shok ]
/ ʃɒk /

noun

a thick, bushy mass, as of hair.
Also shock dog. a dog with long, shaggy hair.

adjective

shaggy, as hair.

Origin of shock

3
1810–20; special use of shock2, the hair being compared to a shock of wheat
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British Dictionary definitions for shock (1 of 3)

shock

1
/ (ʃɒk) /

verb

to experience or cause to experience extreme horror, disgust, surprise, etcthe atrocities shocked us; she shocks easily
to cause a state of shock in (a person)
to come or cause to come into violent contact; jar

noun

Derived Forms

shockable, adjectiveshockability, noun

Word Origin for shock

C16: from Old French choc, from choquier to make violent contact with, of Germanic origin; related to Middle High German schoc

British Dictionary definitions for shock (2 of 3)

shock

2
/ (ʃɒk) /

noun

a number of sheaves set on end in a field to dry
a pile or stack of unthreshed corn

verb

(tr) to set up (sheaves) in shocks

Word Origin for shock

C14: probably of Germanic origin; compare Middle Low German, Middle Dutch schok shock of corn, group of sixty

British Dictionary definitions for shock (3 of 3)

shock

3
/ (ʃɒk) /

noun

a thick bushy mass, esp of hair

adjective

rare bushy; shaggy

Word Origin for shock

C19: perhaps from shock ²
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Medicine definitions for shock

shock

[ shŏk ]

n.

v.

To induce a state of physical shock in a person.
To subject a person to an electric shock.
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Science definitions for shock

shock

[ shŏk ]

An instance of the passage of an electric current through the body. The amount of injury caused by electric shock depends on the type and strength of the current, the length of time the current is applied, and the route the current takes once it enters the body.
A life-threatening condition marked by a severe drop in blood pressure, resulting from serious injury or illness.
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Idioms and Phrases with shock

shock


see culture shock.

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