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Definition of the noun shaking

What does shaking mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: shakings

  1. the act of causing something to move up and down (or back and forth) with quick movements
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic word: agitation = the act of agitating something
    • more specific words: jiggle / joggle = a slight irregular shaking motion
  2. a shaky motion
    • example: the shaking of his fingers as he lit his pipe
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • synonyms of shaking: palpitation / quiver / quivering / shakiness / trembling / vibration
    • more generic word: motion = a state of change
    • more specific words:
      • tremolo = a tremulous effect produced by rapid repetition of a single tone or rapid alternation of two tones
      • tremor = shaking or trembling

Alternative definition of the noun shaking


  1. A movement that shakes.


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Phrases with Shaking

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Shaking

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Google previewBreaking the Cycle of Shame (2008)

by Gregg Gulledge

The Shaking is a rattling or intense commotion of cleansing that causes the surrounding elements to spring and leap purifying all those involved until they are bright and glistening with purity and restored innocence. It's a quivering sound of a ...

Google previewOfficial Gazette of the United States Patent Office (1918)

by United States. Patent Office

shaking means formed to cause said stems and refuse to extend lengthwise of said belt prior to reaching the latter, the discharge means and belt being spaced and arranged to allow the perfect raisins to bound up from the belt and gravitate ...

Google previewGranular Matter (2012)

An Interdisciplinary Approach by Anita Mehta

that lowintensity shaking is an efficient method for removing large voids from a packing without producing a regular structure. We also note, from Fig. 2.13 in Chapter 2, that ...

Google previewTorture (2004)

A Collection by Sanford Levinson

Plainly put, shaking is a prohibited investigation method. It harms the...

Google previewThe Phenomenon of Torture (2007)

Readings and Commentary by William F. Schulz

Plainly put, shaking is a prohibited investigation method. It harms the suspect's body.

Google previewInternational Law Reports (2008)

by Elihu Lauterpacht, C. J. Greenwood, A. G. Oppenheimer

Clearly, shaking is a prohibited investigation method. It harms the suspect's...

Google previewEarly Earthquakes of the Americas (2004)

by Robert Louis Kovach

Ground shaking is the principal cause of damage from earthquakes. 4.1 Seismic intensities and ground accelerations Prior to instrumental observations, it was realized that the effects of an earthquake could be quantified using a numerical ...

Google previewGeologic Hazards of Monroe City, Sevier County, Utah (2004)

by Richard E. Giraud

Earthquake ground shaking is the most widespread and potentially damaging earthquake hazard. All of Monroe is in International Building Code seismic design category D, regardless of site class or seismic use groups, and in International ...

Google previewTentative provisions for the development of seismic regulations for buildings (1978)

a cooperative effort with the design professions, building code interests, and the research community by Applied Technology Council, Structural Engineers Association of California, United States. National Bureau of Standards

At the present time, the best workable tool for describing the design ground shaking is a smoothed elastic response spectrum for single degree-of-freedom systems (Newmark and Hall, ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Similes (1917)

by Frank Jenners Wilstach

Shakes with passion, like a horse shaking off a fly. — Jules Q. de Beaurepaire. Shake like withered leaves. — Alice Cary. Shake like a shadow. — Guido Cav- ALCanTI. Head shaking like one of those drunken satyrs in the pictures of Rubens.

Google previewDictionary of Upriver Halkomelem (2009)

by Brent Douglas Galloway

<XW6ykWem>, df //xwaykw=9m//, TVMO /'shaking bushes (of animal or person unseen, for ex.)'/, root meaning unknown, possibly Ix <=kw> in circles, possibly < =em> intransitivizer/have/get or middle voice, syntactic analysis: intransitive verb, ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Autism Spectrum Disorders (2007)

by Carol Turkington, Ruth Anan

shaken baby syndrome Forceful shaking of an infant or young child by the arms, legs, chest, or shoulders that can ...

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Quotes about Shaking

Faith makes all evil good to us, and all good better; unbelief makes all good evil, and all evil worse. Faith laughs at the shaking of the spear; unbelief trembles at the shaking of a leaf. (Robert Cecil)
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Scrabble value of S1H4A1K5I1N1G2

The value of this 7-letter word is 15 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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