quake (plural quakes)
- A trembling or shaking.
- We felt a quake in the apartment every time the train went by.
- An earthquake, a trembling of the ground with force.
- California is plagued by quakes; there are a few minor ones almost every month.
quake (quakes, present participle quaking; past and past participle quaked)
- (intransitive) To tremble or shake.
- I felt the ground quaking beneath my feet.
- 1575-86, Sir Philip Sidney, The Countess of Pembroke's Arcadia
- Dorus threw Pamela behind a tree; where she stood quaking like the partridge on which the hawk is even ready to seize.
- (intransitive, figurative) To be in a state of fear, shock, amazement, etc., such as might cause one to tremble.
- 1914, Louis Joseph Vance, chapter III, in Nobody, New York, N.Y.: George H[enry] Doran Company, published 1915, OCLC 40817384 ↗:
- Turning back, then, toward the basement staircase, she began to grope her way through blinding darkness, but had taken only a few uncertain steps when, of a sudden, she stopped short and for a little stood like a stricken thing, quite motionless save that she quaked to her very marrow in the grasp of a great and enervating fear.
- 1598-99, William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing, Act I, Scene I
- If Cupid have not spent all his quiver in / Venice, thou wilt quake for this shortly.
- 1599-1602, William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act III, Scene II
- Now could I drink hot blood / And do such bitter business as the bitter day / Would quake to look on.
- 1591, William Shakespeare, Henry VI, part 2, Act IV, Scene VIII
- Who honours not his father, Henry the fifth, that made all France to quake, Shake he his weapon at us, and pass by.
- 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981 ↗, Ezekiel 12:18 ↗:
- Son of man, eat thy bread with quaking, and drink thy water with trembling and carefulness.
- Italian: tremare