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  2  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Shake  \Shake\,  v.  t.  [imp.  {Shook};  p.  p.  {Shaken},  ({Shook}, 
  obs.);  p.  pr  &  vb  n.  {Shaking}.]  [OE.  shaken,  schaken,  AS 
  scacan  sceacan  akin  to  Icel.  &  Sw  skaka,  OS  skakan  to 
  depart,  to  flee.  [root]161.  Cf  {Shock},  v.] 
  1.  To  cause  to  move  with  quick  or  violent  vibrations;  to  move 
  rapidly  one  way  and  the  other  to  make  to  tremble  or 
  shiver;  to  agitate. 
  As  a  fig  tree  casteth  her  untimely  figs,  when  she  is 
  shaken  of  a  mighty  wind.  --Rev.  vi  13. 
  Ascend  my  chariot;  guide  the  rapid  wheels  That  shake 
  heaven's  basis.  --Milton. 
  2.  Fig.:  To  move  from  firmness;  to  weaken  the  stability  of 
  to  cause  to  waver;  to  impair  the  resolution  of 
  When  his  doctrines  grew  too  strong  to  be  shook  by 
  his  enemies,  they  persecuted  his  reputation. 
  Thy  equal  fear  that  my  firm  faith  and  love  Can  by 
  his  fraud  be  shaken  or  seduced.  --Milton. 
  3.  (Mus.)  To  give  a  tremulous  tone  to  to  trill;  as  to  shake 
  a  note  in  music. 
  4.  To  move  or  remove  by  agitating;  to  throw  off  by  a  jolting 
  or  vibrating  motion;  to  rid  one's  self  of  --  generally 
  with  an  adverb,  as  off  out  etc.;  as  to  shake  fruit  down 
  from  a  tree. 
  Shake  off  the  golden  slumber  of  repose.  --Shak. 
  'Tis  our  fast  intent  To  shake  all  cares  and  business 
  from  our  age.  --Shak. 
  I  could  scarcely  shake  him  out  of  my  company. 
  {To  shake  a  cask}  (Naut.),  to  knock  a  cask  to  pieces  and  pack 
  the  staves. 
  {To  shake  hands},  to  perform  the  customary  act  of  civility  by 
  clasping  and  moving  hands,  as  an  expression  of  greeting, 
  farewell,  good  will  agreement,  etc 
  {To  shake  out  a  reef}  (Naut.),  to  untile  the  reef  points  and 
  spread  more  canvas. 
  {To  shake  the  bells}.  See  under  {Bell}. 
  {To  shake  the  sails}  (Naut.),  to  luff  up  in  the  wind,  causing 
  the  sails  to  shiver.  --Ham.  Nav.  Encyc. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  adj  :  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  asked  for  more"; 
  "quivering  leaves  of  a  poplar  tree";  "with  shaking 
  knees";  "seemed  shaky  on  her  feet";  "sparkling  light 
  from  the  shivering  crystals  of  the  chandelier"; 
  "trembling  hands"  [syn:  {quaking},  {quivering},  {shaky}, 
  {shivering},  {trembling}] 
  n  1:  the  act  of  causing  something  to  move  up  and  down  (or  back 
  and  forth)  with  quick  movements 
  2:  a  shaky  motion;  "the  shaking  of  his  fingers  as  he  lit  his 
  pipe"  [syn:  {shakiness},  {tremor},  {trembling},  {quiver}, 
  {quivering},  {vibration},  {palpitation}] 

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