• WordNet 3.6
    • adj shakedown intended to test a new system under operating conditions and to familiarize the operators with the system "a shakedown cruise"
    • n shakedown extortion of money (as by blackmail)
    • n shakedown a very thorough search of a person or a place "a shakedown by the police uncovered the drugs"
    • n shakedown initial adjustments to improve the functioning or the efficiency and to bring to a more satisfactory state "the new industry's economic shakedown"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Shakedown A temporary substitute for a bed, as one made on the floor or on chairs; -- perhaps originally from the shaking down of straw for this purpose.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n shakedown A temporary bed made by shaking down or spreading hay, rushes, or the like, or also quilts or a mattress, with coverings, on the floor, on a table, etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Shakedown a temporary bed, named from the original shaking down of straw for this purpose
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. sceacan, scacan.


In literature:

I'll scramble you up some supper, and I'll give you a shakedown.
"Les Misérables Complete in Five Volumes" by Victor Hugo
But you are a soldier, and I think both of us have, before now, had a worse shakedown.
"The Coming Conquest of England" by August Niemann
She expressed her willingness to sleep in the back kitchen: a shakedown under the sink was all she wanted.
"Novel Notes" by Jerome K. Jerome
He says he'll do an odd job for his supper and a shakedown, but no more.
"Maruja" by Bret Harte
Bambo's usual shakedown was deserted; the pallet where the children should have been was unoccupied.
"Two Little Travellers" by Frances Browne Arthur
Juan Baptisto Pachuca had not availed himself of the shakedown made for him by Mrs. Van Zandt's blankets.
"Across the Mesa" by Jarvis Hall
I'll be shot if I can see any way out of it but to make you up a shakedown in the longboat.
"Dick Leslie's Luck" by Harry Collingwood
We'll give him some sort o' a shakedown, and sailors don't use to lie soft.
"Little Meg's Children" by Hesba Stretton
But we're full up, all six beds; there isn't even a corner for a shakedown.
"A Fourth Form Friendship" by Angela Brazil
The accommodation a shakedown on some planks, and breakfast in the morning.
"Rambling Recollections of Chelsea by an old inhabitant" by J. B. Ellenor

In news:

One of Canada's biggest snowboard events, the RIDE Shakedown , is heading for our own back yard.
You know it's all a shakedown .
Shakedown by Hacienda, published by Collective Sounds.
View this Project X Suspension Shakedown Photo 1.
Check out how Project X gets a Suspension Shakedown from RideTech.
Olivier Croteau Sebastien Toutant dominating Saturday's Ride Shakedown with a switch backside 1080 double cork.
Check out photos of this weekend's Shakedown .
Building a Record-Breaking Kizashi: Shakedown Run.
Las Vegas Shakedown music festival.
No verdict yet in Newport shakedown trial.
Vote No on Prop 4, end union shakedown .
Joe Barton accuses the White House of a '$20 billion shakedown ' of BP on Thursday.
The WWU team scrambles to get ready for inspection at the Auto X-Prize Shakedown event.
Shakedown in the Meetings Economy.
Cell Block Shakedown Bottom Related Content.

In science:

For shakedown to the ground state in the ionic system He+ (1
Attosecond streaking of correlated two-electron transitions in helium