• WordNet 3.6
    • v quake shake with seismic vibrations "The earth was quaking"
    • v quake shake with fast, tremulous movements "His nostrils palpitated"
    • n quake shaking and vibration at the surface of the earth resulting from underground movement along a fault plane of from volcanic activity
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The most powerful earthquake to strike the United States occurred in 1811 in New Madrid, Missouri. The quake shook more than one million square miles, and was felt as far as 1,000 miles away.
    • n Quake A tremulous agitation; a quick vibratory movement; a shudder; a quivering.
    • Quake To be agitated with quick, short motions continually repeated; to shake with fear, cold, etc.; to shudder; to tremble. "Quaking for dread.""She stood quaking like the partridge on which the hawk is ready to seize."
    • v. t Quake To cause to quake.
    • Quake To shake, vibrate, or quiver, either from not being solid, as soft, wet land, or from violent convulsion of any kind; as, the earth quakes; the mountains quake. "Over quaking bogs."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • quake To shake; tremble; be agitated by tremors or shocks. Specifically— To tremble from cold, weakness, or fear; shiver; shudder.
    • quake To tremble from internal convulsions or shocks.
    • quake To tremble from want of solidity or firmness: as, quaking jelly; a quaking bog.
    • quake and.
    • quake To vibrate, quiver.
    • quake To cause to shake or tremble; throw into agitation or trembling; cause to shiver or shudder.
    • n quake A shake; a trembling; a tremulous agitation; a shuddering.
    • n quake Fear; dismay.
    • n quake A rather large basket with rounded bottom, made of open wickerwork, used for packing, storing provisions, etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Quake kwāk to tremble, esp. with cold or fear: to tremble from want of firmness
    • v.t Quake to cause to tremble:—pr.p. quā′king; pa.t. and pa.p. quāked
    • n Quake a shake: a shudder
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. cwacian,; cf. G. quackeln,. Cf. Quagmire


In literature:

The following evening we were stopped by a thicket of quaking ash, through which it required a full day's hard work to open a passageway.
"The Expedition of the Donner Party and its Tragic Fate" by Eliza Poor Donner Houghton
When the earth "quakes" houses tumble down, and the tops of tall trees snap off.
"Highroads of Geography" by Anonymous
His heart now began to quake, and he was afraid, without knowing what he had to fear.
"The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction, Vol. 12, Issue 331, September 13, 1828" by Various
He, dear man, felt his heart quake within him, as he paid the brigand his enormous demand.
"The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction" by Various
She heard the tread in the hall, quaked to rise and flee, and yet could not move.
"Kincaid's Battery" by George W. Cable
And whirlwinds and frightful sounds convulsed everything, and the earth herself began to quake.
"Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa Bk. 3 Pt. 1" by Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa
Mr. Thomasson heard it, and stood quaking.
"The Castle Inn" by Stanley John Weyman
They are quaking now with the impetuous emotions of local nationality.
"A Walk from London to John O'Groat's" by Elihu Burritt
Beholding all this, venerable sire, my thighs began to quake.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa Bk. 4" by Kisari Mohan Ganguli
The chambers of her ears quaked with the reverberations.
"The Precipice" by Elia Wilkinson Peattie

In poetry:

Through quaking grass and waving weed
Rises and falls the river—theme;
Vibrating rush and trembling reed
Are but the harpstrings of the stream.
"The Silent Muse" by Alfred Austin
A cry o' horror through the blast
Reach'd where my family quak'd wi' fear;
Starting I raise in wilder'd haste,
And frae the wa' upsnatch'd my spear;
"The Pastoral, Or Lyric Muse Of Scotland. Canto Third. Dornock Ha'. A Ballad" by Hector MacNeill
The warder he quakes, and the warder turns pale,
The shroud to restore fain had sought;
When the end,—now can nothing to save him avail,—
In a tooth formed of iron is caught.
"The Dance Of Death" by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
'Oh Love, I pray thee take me by the hand;
I stretch my hand, oh Love, and quake with dread;
I thrust it, and I know not where. Ah me,
What shall not seize the dark hand of the blind?
"Crazed" by Sydney Thompson Dobell
Yet, in the darkest hour of all,
When black defeat began,
The Emperor heard the mountains quake,
He felt the graves beneath him shake,
He watched his legions rally and break,
And he whimpered as they ran.
"Slave And Emperor" by Alfred Noyes
His knees began to quake all o'er;
His hands and fingers rather more;
With some few signs of fear beside,
Which he did all he could to hide.
Yet, howe'er for the task unfit,
He'd gone too far t'admit retreat.
"The Jack Daw" by William Hutton

In news:

Scroll down to read what North Shore residents have been saying about the quake.
Quake Strike off Oregon's Coast.
Why 2012 Sumatra quake was a weird one.
The latest Indonesian quake was the largest 'strike-slip' earthquake ever recorded.
Sumatra quake the largest of its type ever recorded.
7.7 quake strikes off Indonesia's Sumatra island.
Suri, an Indonesian woman, is rescued from the rubble of a collapsed building in the Sumatran city of Padang on October 2, 2009 after a 7.6-magnitude quake toppled buildings in the area late on September 30.
Over 300 Die in Sumatra and Samoas Quakes.
The mini-quake rolled through at 9:12 am, at a depth of 4.9 miles.
More than 11,000 killed in India quake.
As for whether Mars experiences quakes, as a result of the tectonic motion, he says he thinks it does.
Why quakes happen on the East Coast.
Low Chance Japan Quake Will Trigger California Temblor .
The Wiching Hour OC's only outpost of the Which Wich chain should have Subway and Quiznos quaking in their toasters.
Pinera says three-fourths of quake damage repaired.

In science:

In this scenario, as discussed in Ref. (21), the KK excitations of quarks and gluons pair-produced at a hadron collider will first decay to the LKP (the γ ∗ ), radiating low pT quaks and leptons in the process; the LKP will then decay gravitationally.
The Phenomenology of Universal Extra Dimensions at Hadron Colliders
The semi-closed nature of complex hierarchical systems makes these flips somewhat different from the flip of an individual electron spin or the quake associated to the whole system.
Organization and Complexity in a Nested Hierarchical Spin-Glass like Social Space
Hence a flip of a variable necessitates reorganization within the variable, but does not necessarily have to be irreversible like a quake since the variables are not closed, but in touch with other variables in an environment.
Organization and Complexity in a Nested Hierarchical Spin-Glass like Social Space
Such a process may involve the input of external energy from states in contact with the social system that is large enough to take the system to a more stable local minimum in a manner similar to spin-glass type quake.
Organization and Complexity in a Nested Hierarchical Spin-Glass like Social Space
Link & Epstein (1996) invoked a sudden change in the coupling of the two fluid components, following the injection of heat into the interior, for example after a sudden rupture in the star’s crust, known as a star quake.
Gravitational-wave bursts and stochastic background from superfluid vortex avalanches during pulsar glitches