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shaker

[shey-ker] /ˈʃeɪ kər/
noun
1.
a person or thing that shakes.
2.
a container with a perforated top from which a seasoning, condiment, sugar, flour, or the like is shaken onto food.
3.
any of various containers for shaking beverages to mix the ingredients:
a cocktail shaker.
4.
a dredger or caster.
5.
(initial capital letter) a member of the Millennial Church, originating in England in the middle of the 18th century and brought to the U.S. in 1774, advocating celibacy, common ownership of property, and a strict and simple way of life: so called from their practice of shaking during religious services.
adjective
6.
(initial capital letter) noting or pertaining to a style of something produced by Shakers and characterized by simplicity of form, lack of ornamentation, fine craftsmanship, and functionality.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English; see shake, -er1
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Examples from the web for shaker
  • It wants to be a mover and shaker in the world arena.
  • The rock salt applied to icy roads in the winter is the same substance that comes out of your salt shaker.
  • On-line buying cooperatives will make you a mover and shaker.
  • The second is whether or not the decisions were long lived, once put in the shaker it could have unforeseen biological damage.
  • Even if you have a light hand with the salt shaker, you probably get lots of sodium in processed or restaurant meals.
  • And it's a pain to carry around a salt shaker and have to apply it to every little piece of food you eat.
  • The team used lasers to monitor vibrations as they were oscillated by a lab device called a mini-shaker.
  • The winning partner will forgo the lab's shaker flasks and hot plates in favor of giant vats.
  • The scientists bounded lasers off the feathers to track their wiggles as the mini-shaker vibrated faster and faster.
  • Peel the tangerine and muddle the fruit in a shaker.
British Dictionary definitions for shaker

shaker

/ˈʃeɪkə/
noun
1.
a person or thing that shakes
2.
a container, often having a perforated top, from which something, such as a condiment, is shaken
3.
a container in which the ingredients of alcoholic drinks are shaken together
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Word Origin and History for shaker
n.

mid-15c., "one who or which shakes," agent noun from shake (v.). Applied from 1640s (with capital initial) to various Christian sects whose devotional exercises often involved convulsions. The best-known, the American-based "Society of Believers in Christ's Second Appearing;" so called from 1784; the adjective with reference to furniture styles associated with these Shakers is recorded from 1866. Meaning "container for mixing cocktails, etc." is recorded from 1868. Phrase movers and shakers is attested from 1874.

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Slang definitions & phrases for shaker

shaker

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bone-shaker


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Idioms and Phrases with shaker

shaker

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