|1.||to experience or cause to experience extreme horror, disgust, surprise, etc: the atrocities shocked us; she shocks easily|
|2.||to cause a state of shock in (a person)|
|3.||to come or cause to come into violent contact; jar|
|4.||a sudden and violent jarring blow or impact|
|5.||something that causes a sudden and violent disturbance in the emotions: the shock of her father's death made her ill|
|6.||pathol a state of bodily collapse or near collapse caused by circulatory failure or sudden lowering of the blood pressure, as from severe bleeding, burns, fright, etc|
|7.||pathol pain and muscular spasm as the physical reaction to an electric current passing through the body|
|[C16: from Old French choc, from choquier to make violent contact with, of Germanic origin; related to Middle High German schoc]|
Something that jars the mind or emotions as if with a violent, unexpected blow.
The disturbance of function, equilibrium, or mental faculties caused by such a blow; violent agitation.
A generally temporary massive physiological reaction to severe physical or emotional trauma, usually characterized by marked loss of blood pressure and depression of vital processes.
The abnormally palpable impact of an accentuated heartbeat felt by a hand on the chest wall.
To induce a state of physical shock in a person.
To subject a person to an electric shock.
|shock (shŏk) Pronunciation Key
see culture shock.