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[kweyk] /kweɪk/
verb (used without object), quaked, quaking.
(of persons) to shake or tremble from cold, weakness, fear, anger, or the like:
He spoke boldly even though his legs were quaking.
(of things) to shake or tremble, as from shock, internal convulsion, or instability:
The earth suddenly began to quake.
an earthquake.
a trembling or tremulous agitation.
Origin of quake
before 900; Middle English; Old English cwacian to shake, tremble
Related forms
quakingly, adverb
unquaking, adjective
1. shudder. See shiver1 . 2. quiver. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for quake
  • The deadly quake was the largest anywhere in the world that year.
  • It would have been invaluable to have had a half-hour's warning of that quake.
  • Yet people who had not even felt the quake found themselves swept out to sea minutes later.
  • In a high-rise building, expect the fire alarms and sprinklers to go off during a quake.
  • Post-quake rebuilding could threaten the endangered pandas' already shrinking natural habitat, according to experts.
  • The runway may be intact, but the control tower lost communications after the quake.
  • Extra-wide feet and rigid ankle brackets impart quake-worthy stability.
  • Most quake researchers cull the whale's booming calls from their seafloor recordings.
  • After the quake, the reactor had shut down and so the fuel rods had already begun their cooldown.
  • The quake games were the first popular games that were almost exclusively multiplayer.
British Dictionary definitions for quake


verb (intransitive)
to shake or tremble with or as with fear
to convulse or quiver, as from instability
the act or an instance of quaking
(informal) short for earthquake
Word Origin
Old English cwacian; related to Old English cweccan to shake, Old Irish bocaim, German wackeln
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Word Origin and History for quake

Old English cwacian "quake, tremble, chatter (of teeth)," related to cweccan "to shake, swing, move, vibrate," of unknown origin with no certain cognates outside English. Perhaps somehow imitative. In reference to earth tremors, probably by c.1200. Related: Quaked; quaking.


early 14c., "a trembling in fear," from quake (v.). Rare except in combinations. Now usually as a shortening of earthquake, in which use it is attested from 1640s. Old English had the verbal noun cwacung "shaking, trembling."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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quake in Technology

A string-oriented language designed to support the construction of Modula-3 programs from modules, interfaces and libraries. Written by Stephen Harrison of DEC SRC, 1993.

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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