• The Queen Shakes the Sistrum While The King Offers The Sacrifice
    The Queen Shakes the Sistrum While The King Offers The Sacrifice
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v shake move with or as if with a tremor "his hands shook"
    • v shake undermine or cause to waver "my faith has been shaken","The bad news shook her hopes"
    • v shake 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"
    • v shake shake (a body part) to communicate a greeting, feeling, or cognitive state "shake one's head","She shook her finger at the naughty students","The old enemies shook hands","Don't shake your fist at me!"
    • v shake stir the feelings, emotions, or peace of "These stories shook the community","the civil war shook the country"
    • v shake move back and forth or sideways "the ship was rocking","the tall building swayed","She rocked back and forth on her feet"
    • v shake move or cause to move back and forth "The chemist shook the flask vigorously","My hands were shaking"
    • v shake shake or vibrate rapidly and intensively "The old engine was juddering"
    • v shake get rid of "I couldn't shake the car that was following me"
    • n shake causing to move repeatedly from side to side
    • n shake a reflex motion caused by cold or fear or excitement
    • n shake grasping and shaking a person's hand (as to acknowledge an introduction or to agree on a contract)
    • n shake a note that alternates rapidly with another note a semitone above it
    • n shake frothy drink of milk and flavoring and sometimes fruit or ice cream
    • n shake building material used as siding or roofing
    • ***

Additional illustrations & photos:

"'You can have a shake-down here,' said the farmer." "'You can have a shake-down here,' said the farmer."
See the Guards Shaking Dice for Our Money 253 See the Guards Shaking Dice for Our Money 253
Two men shaking hands form a letter H Two men shaking hands form a letter H
Fan and Tom shake hands Fan and Tom shake hands

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Albania, nodding your head means "no" and shaking your head means "yes."
    • Shake obs. p. p. of Shake.
    • Shake A fissure in rock or earth.
    • Shake A fissure or crack in timber, caused by its being dried too suddenly.
    • Shake (Mus) A rapid alternation of a principal tone with another represented on the next degree of the staff above or below it; a trill.
    • Shake A shook of staves and headings.
    • Shake 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."
    • Shake (Naut) One of the staves of a hogshead or barrel taken apart.
    • Shake The act or result of shaking; a vacillating or wavering motion; a rapid motion one way and other; a trembling, quaking, or shivering; agitation. "The great soldier's honor was composed
      Of thicker stuff, which could endure a shake ."
      "Our salutations were very hearty on both sides, consisting of many kind shakes of the hand."
    • Shake (Zoöl) The redshank; -- so called from the nodding of its head while on the ground.
    • v. i Shake To be agitated with a waving or vibratory motion; to tremble; to shiver; to quake; to totter. "Under his burning wheels
      The steadfast empyrean shook throughout,
      All but the throne itself of God."
      "What danger? Who 's that that shakes behind there?"
    • Shake 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.""Ascend my chariot; guide the rapid wheels
      That shake heaven's basis."
    • Shake (Mus) To give a tremulous tone to; to trill; as, to shake a note in music.
    • Shake 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.""'Tis our fast intent
      To shake all cares and business from our age."
      "I could scarcely shake him out of my company."
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Bumping foreheads with a hands shake is the traditional greeting in Tibet.
    • shake To cause to move with quick vibrations; move or sway with a rapid jolting, jerking, or vibratory motion; cause to tremble, quiver, or shiver; agitate: as, to shake a carpet; the wind shakes the trees; the explosion shook the house: to shake one's fist at another; to shake one's head as in displeasure or negation.
    • shake To loosen, unfasten, remove, throw off or aside, expel, dispel, or get rid of, by a jolting, jerking, or abrupt vibrating action or motion, or by rough or vigorous measures: generally with away, down, off, out, up, etc.: as, to shake off drowsiness; to shake out a reef in a sail; also, in colloquial use, absolutely: as, to shake a bore.
    • shake To weaken or impair in any respect; make less firm, sure, certain, solid, stable, or courageous; impair the standing, force, or character of; cause to waver or doubt: as, a searching cross-examination failed to shake the testimony of the witness.
    • shake To agitate or disturb; rouse: sometimes with up.
    • shake To give a tremulous sound to; trill: as, to shake a note in music.
    • shake To steal.
    • shake To come to an agreement; agree fully: as, to shake hands over a bargain.
    • shake To shake or jar thoroughly or in such a way as to damage or impair; shock: us, he was badly shaken up in the collision.
    • shake To upbraid; berate.
    • shake To be agitated with a waving or vibratory motion; tremble; shiver; quake: as, a tree shakes with the wind; the house shook in the tempest.
    • shake To fall; jump.
    • shake To go quickly; hasten.
    • shake In music, to use shakes or trills; perform a shake or trill; trill.
    • shake To steal.
    • shake To shake hands: usually in the imperative: as, shake, stranger.
    • shake Synonyms Swing, Roll, etc. See rock.
    • n shake A rapid jolt or jerk one way and then the other; an abrupt wavering or vibrating motion: as, give it a shake; a shake of the head.
    • n shake A shock or concussion; especially, a shock that disarranges or impairs; rude or violent attack or treatment.
    • n shake A tremor; a quaver; a shiver.
    • n shake A trembling-fit; a chill; specifically, in the plural and with the definite article, the shakes, ague; intermittent fever; also, delirium tremens.
    • n shake In music, a melodic embellishment consisting of the rapid alternation of a principal tone with a tone one degree above it; a trill: indicated by the mark transitive, with or without the sign . According to modern usage, the principal tone is sounded first, and receives the accent throughout; but in old music the reverse was the case. If the subsidiary tone is chromatically altered, this is indicated by a sharp or a flat added to the sign of the shake. A shake is nsually concluded with a turn, and often preceded by a prefix of one or more tones; in the latter case it is said to be prepared. A shake occurring in two or three voice-parts at once is called double or triple. A succession of shakes is called a chain. A shake inserted in the midst of a rapid or flowing melody is called passing.
    • n shake A brief moment; an instant: as, to do a thing in a couple or brace of shakes, or in the shake of a lamb's tail (that is, to do it immediately).
    • n shake A crack or fissure in timber, produced during growth by strain of wind, sudden changes of temperature, or causes not well determined, or formed during seasoning. Nearly all exogenous woods are in some degree subject to this defect, which appears in several forms. Heart shake is a fissure through the center or pith, slight or serious, in its simplest form running the length of the trunk in one plane, in some specimens twisted. Another cleft may cross at right angles. Star-shake consists of radial fissures, sometimes even reaching the circumference. Cup-shake consists of clefts between the concentric layers, occurring most often near the root. All these shakes are commonly called wind-shakes.
    • n shake A fissure in the earth.
    • n shake A long shingle or stave: same as clapboard, 2.
    • n shake In printing,a blurred or doubled print made by a shaking or moving of the sheet under impression.
    • n shake The redshank, Totanus calidris: so called from its constant nodding or bobbing of the body. See cut under redshank.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: It is believed that Shakespeare was 46 around the time that the King James Version of the Bible was written. In Psalms 46, the 46th word from the first word is shake and the 46th word from the last word is spear.
    • v.t Shake shāk to move with quick, short motions: to agitate: to make to tremble: to threaten to overthrow: to cause to waver: to give a tremulous note to
    • v.i Shake to be agitated: to tremble: to shiver: to lose firmness:—pa.t. shook, (B.) shāked; pa.p. shāk′en,—n. a rapid tremulous motion: a trembling or shivering: a concussion: a rent in timber, rock, &c.: :
    • v.i Shake (mus.) a rapid repetition of two notes
    • v.i Shake (slang) a brief instant
    • ***


  • David Byrne
    David Byrne
    “To shake your rump is to be environmentally aware.”
  • Oliver Wendell Holmes
    “The freeman, casting with unpurchased hand the vote that shakes the turrets of the land.”
  • Harry S Truman
    “If you want to get elected, shake hands with 25, 000 people between and November 7.”
  • Oliver Cromwell
    “What is all our histories, but God showing himself, shaking and trampling on everything that he has not planted.”
  • Oscar Wilde
    “When liberty comes with hands dabbled in blood it is hard to shake hands with her.”
  • Charles C. West
    Charles C. West
    “We turn to God for help when our foundations are shaking, only to learn that it is God who is shaking them.”


Fair shake of the whip - (USA) If everybody has a fair shake of the whip, they all have equal opportunities to do something.
More than you can shake a stick at - If you have more of something than you can shake a stick at, then you have a lot.
No great shakes - If someone is no great shakes at something, they are not very good at it.
Shake a leg - If you shake a leg, you are out of bed and active. It can be used to tell someone to hurry up.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. shaken, schaken, AS. scacan, sceacan,; akin to Icel. & Sw. skaka, OS. skakan, to depart, to flee. √161. Cf. Shock (v.)


In literature:

Shake her up when ye get th' wurrd!
"Great Sea Stories" by Various
Hold it by the head and shake around until the hairs begin to loosen.
"Good Things to Eat as Suggested by Rufus" by Rufus Estes
Troy once more Shakes off her ten years' sorrow.
"The Aeneid of Virgil" by Virgil
He tried to shake off the feeling, he tried to laugh at the fantastic notion that had so swiftly assailed him.
"From the Housetops" by George Barr McCutcheon
Yes, my Lord, I been had a age on me in de shake.
"Slave Narratives Vol. XIV. South Carolina, Part 1" by Various
Count sixty white horses and one white mule, then you will marry the first man with whom you shake hands.
"Current Superstitions" by Various
An older youth had him by the shoulder and was shaking him viciously.
"Dave Porter at Star Ranch" by Edward Stratemeyer
I was wanting to shake you all the time for not taking Badger's place sooner.
"Frank Merriwell's Reward" by Burt L. Standish
Shaking his head dismally, he mounted the stairs and went reluctantly to the front room.
"The Secret of the Storm Country" by Grace Miller White
Here, let's have another shake on that.
"Torchy, Private Sec." by Sewell Ford

In poetry:

To a distant cottage window
Where they saw a tiny light!
Where they might find shelter from the storm
And a " shake-down " for the night.
"The Travellers aka Twas a Dark and Stormy Night! (with knobs on)" by T W Connor
Yea, shining from the highest blue
On those that sing by Beulah's streams,
Shake on her thirsty soul the dew
Which brings immortal dreams.
"In Memoriam~ -- Alice Fane Gunn Stenhouse" by Henry Kendall
Tell her, too, not distant places,
Will she be but true and kind,
Join'd with time and change of faces,
E'er shall shake my constant mind.
"Songs Set To Music: 26. " by Matthew Prior
When the earthquake tears the ground,
When the whirlwind shakes the air—
Marked ye not His presence round?
Tracked ye not His footsteps there?
"Hymn: Have ye never heard His voice?" by John Bowring
When howling winds, and beating rain,
In tempests shake the sylvan cell,
Or midst the chase on ev'ry plain,
The tender thought on thee shall dwell.
"A Song from Shakespeare's Cymbeline Sung" by William Taylor Collins
And struggles like Enceladus, until,
Through all his shining length,
Each fire-fed sinew answers with a thrill,
And shakes and gleams with strength.
"To My Readers" by Alexander Anderson

In news:

Shake Up Your Work Look with Fall's Top Trends.
"People still come shake my hand because of that," the singer says.
This gadget might as well have been custom-made for Donald Trump, who doesn't shake hands with people for fear of getting germs.
More 'Glee' news than you can shake a jazz hand at.
Romney Shakes Up Race With Ryan Pick.
If you own a Wii, love country music, and enjoy shaking your tail feather, you'll be excited to learn that Country Dance 2 is on its way.
Luke Bryan's – Country Girl (Shake It For Me) was huge on the radio in 2011 and even bigger in dance clubs, according to the Marco Club Connection's 8th annual ranking of Country dance hits.
Goshen Township police say Philip Cash admitted to shaking his six month old son, causing severe injuries.
Add all ingredients, ice and shake.
Archie is looking forward to seeing J-Lo shake it 'On The Floor'.
President Obama shakes hands with Adm.
Most of us stop and stare for a couple of seconds, shake our heads and keep walking.
A Romney campaign gaffe that likened shifting to the general election to shaking up an Etch A Sketch could dog the race.
The Oscars and Grammys are five months away and unless you've gotten spacey, you don't even recognize those "celebrities" who are shaking their sequined stuff on ABC's ballroom dance floor this season.
Baltimore's Jim Thome, left, shakes hands with manager Buck Showalter after the Orioles' 3-2 win over the New York Yankees in Game 2 of the American League Division Series, Monday, Oct 8, 2012, in Baltimore.

In science:

In the present paper we focus on photoionisation mechanisms, including shake-up with a subsequent satellite photoionisation (case a) and shake-off (cases b and c), which under certain conditions may produce multiple ionisations in the atom (case c).
Shake-up and shake-off excitations with associated electron losses in X-ray studies of proteins
We calculate the different shake contributions for carbon, nitrogen, and oxygen atoms in a model peptide (see Fig. 1a).
Shake-up and shake-off excitations with associated electron losses in X-ray studies of proteins
Shake effects for sulphur are estimated in separate calculations for the three most common chemical environments of sulphur in proteins (Cys, Met, Cys-S-S-Cys; Figs. 1b-d).
Shake-up and shake-off excitations with associated electron losses in X-ray studies of proteins
For large molecules, the number of shake states goes beyond that which can readily be calculated at the configuration interaction level of theory.
Shake-up and shake-off excitations with associated electron losses in X-ray studies of proteins
For the shake of the simplicity I give a formal definition for the spin and color averaged splitting function which actually appears in the Sudakov exponent.
QCD and Monte Carlo generators