quake

[kweyk]
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:
before 900; Middle English; Old English cwacian to shake, tremble

quakingly, adverb
unquaking, adjective


1. shudder. See shiver1. 2. quiver.
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quake (kweɪk)
 
vb
1.  to shake or tremble with or as with fear
2.  to convulse or quiver, as from instability
 
n
3.  the act or an instance of quaking
4.  informal short for earthquake
 
[Old English cwacian; related to Old English cweccan to shake, Old Irish bocaim, German wackeln]

quaking (ˈkweɪkɪŋ)
 
adj
unstable or unsafe to walk on, as a bog or quicksand: a quaking bog; quaking sands

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quake
O.E. cwacian "quake, tremble, chatter (of teeth)," related to cweccan "to shake, swing, move, vibrate," of unknown origin with no certain cognates outside Eng. Perhaps somehow imitative. The noun is attested from c.1300, but was rare except in combinations.
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Photosynthesis is maximized with the increased exposure to sunlight created by the quaking leaves.
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