[ adjective ] vibrating slightly and irregularly; as e.g. with fear or cold or like the leaves of an aspen in a breeze


"a quaking bog" "the quaking child" "quivering leaves of a poplar tree" "with shaking knees" "seemed shaky on her feet" "trembling hands"

Used in print

(Dell Shannon, The Ace of Spades....)

He straightened his tie at the mirror with a shaking hand ; the genial smile seemed painted on his face .

(Dolores Hitchens, Footsteps in the Night....)

Putting the key into the switch , pressing the accelerator with his foot , putting the car into reverse , seemed vast endeavors almost beyond the ability of his shaking body .

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[ noun ] the act of causing something to move up and down (or back and forth) with quick movements

Used in print

(Francis J. Johnston and John E. Willard, "The...)

The contents of the manifold for liquid phase experiments were then mixed by shaking , redistributed to the reaction tubes , frozen_down , and each tube was then sealed_off .

(John Hazard Wildman, "Take It Off," The Arizona...)

His legs shook , and the shaking went right on up his body through his hips to his shoulders .

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agitation joggle shake

[ noun ] a shaky motion


"the shaking of his fingers as he lit his pipe"