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  1. the act of a person or thing that shakes.
  2. ague, with or without chill and fever.
  3. shakings, Nautical. waste rope, canvas, etc.
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Origin of shaking

Middle English word dating back to 1175–1225; see origin at shake, -ing1
Related formsshak·ing·ly, adverbun·shak·ing, adjective
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Examples from the Web for unshaking

Historical Examples

  • He pointed with unshaking finger to the opening in the wall.

    The Traitors

    E. Phillips (Edward Phillips) Oppenheim

  • He could see again his fingers, bloody, but unshaking, handing the old doctor a needle and silk cord.

    The Doctor

    Ralph Connor

  • Robert took the pistol in an unshaking hand and conveyed himself quietly from the room.

    The Gay Adventure

    Richard Bird

Word Origin and History for unshaking



late 14c., verbal noun from shake (v.).

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