of sufficient size or importance to affect the entire world: the world-shaking effects of an international clash.

Origin of world-shaking

First recorded in 1590–1600 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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  • The world-shaking conceptions have always been won in profound experience.

  • A soil which even to Noah was the destined theatre of world-shaking war!

    Ghetto Tragedies

    Israel Zangwill

  • All it needs is the electric spark to cause the world-shaking explosion.

    The Air Trust

    George Allan England

  • Verily it was only a day of small things, of very humble ambitions, of far from world-shaking successes!

  • My Midshipmite, being a hardy veteran in world-shaking naval battles, permitted himself to smile.

    Great Britain at War

    Jeffery Farnol

British Dictionary definitions for world-shaking



of enormous significance; momentous
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