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quake

[kweyk] /kweɪk/
verb (used without object), quaked, quaking.
1.
(of persons) to shake or tremble from cold, weakness, fear, anger, or the like:
He spoke boldly even though his legs were quaking.
2.
(of things) to shake or tremble, as from shock, internal convulsion, or instability:
The earth suddenly began to quake.
noun
3.
an earthquake.
4.
a trembling or tremulous agitation.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English; Old English cwacian to shake, tremble
Related forms
quakingly, adverb
unquaking, adjective
Synonyms
1. shudder. See shiver1 . 2. quiver.
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  • Photosynthesis is maximized with the increased exposure to sunlight created by the quaking leaves.
British Dictionary definitions for quaking

quaking

/ˈkweɪkɪŋ/
adjective
1.
unstable or unsafe to walk on, as a bog or quicksand: a quaking bog, quaking sands

quake

/kweɪk/
verb (intransitive)
1.
to shake or tremble with or as with fear
2.
to convulse or quiver, as from instability
noun
3.
the act or an instance of quaking
4.
(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 quaking

quake

v.

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.

n.

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."

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