[ verb ] move or cause to move quickly back and forth
"The chemist shook the flask vigorously" "My hands were shaking"
Used in print(William Maxwell, The Chateau....)
Harold shook his head .(Leon Uris, Mila 8....)
Styka shook his head slowly .(John Dos Passos, Midcentury....)
I had_to shake her to make her listen .(W. H. Gass, "The Pedersen Kid," in The...)
I shook him a_little harder and made some noise .
Hans shook his head but neither of us tried to stop her .
[ verb ] move with or as if with a tremor
"his hands shook" "My legs trembled when I went onstage"
Used in print(Thomas B. Dewey, Hunter at Large....)
He was shaking with tension and it took him a_couple_of minutes to get his breath and settle down .(Ann Ritner, Seize a Nettle....)
She was so heavy that Maggie 's arms shook from lifting her and taking care of her .
[ verb ] (British) shake or vibrate rapidly and intensively
"The old engine was juddering"
Used in print(David Stacton, The Judges of the Secret Court....)
Panting a_little , Payne shook his head .(Glayds H. Barr, The Master of Geneva....)
On the outskirts of the rabble the Camaret brothers and Gaspard_Favre shook their fists .
His voice shook a_little .(John Cheever, "The Brigadier and the Golf Widow,"...)
`` I 've never done this before '' , they always said , shaking their dresses down over their white shoulders .(Hampton Stone, The Man Who Looked Death...)
Felix threw his head back and laughed a laugh that shook the timbers of even that solidly built old house .
[ verb ] move back and forth in an unstable manner
"the ship was rocking" "the tall building swayed" "the tree shook in the wind"
Used in print(Rosemary Balckmon, "How Much Do You Tell When...)
In the early 1950 's , Smith , together with his distinguished colleague , George_Trager ( so austerely academic he sometimes fights his own evident charm ) , and a third man with the engaging name of Birdwhistell ( Ray ) , agreed on some basic premises about the three-part process that makes communication : ( 1 ) words or language ( 2 ) paralanguage , a set of phenomena including laughing , weeping , voice breaks , and `` tone '' of voice , and ( 3 ) kinesics , the technical name for gestures , facial_expressions , and body shifts - nodding or shaking the head , `` talking '' with one 's hands , et cetera .(Wayne D. Overholser, The Killer Marshal....)
She sat_down at the table , shaking her head .
[ verb ] undermine or cause to waver
"my faith has been shaken" "The bad news shook her hopes"
Used in print(Philip Reaves, "Who Rules the Marriage Bed?"...)
Other experts say , however , that if sexual domination by one or the other partner exists for longer than a brief period , it is likely to shake the marriage .(Gene Caesar, Rifle for Rent....)
The former scout 's alibi could n't be shaken .
[ verb ] bring to a specified condition by or as if by shaking
"He was shaken from his dreams" "shake the salt out of the salt shaker"
[ noun ] Last name, frequency rank in the U.S. is 18444