see also: Shock
  • (British) IPA: /ʃɒk/
  • (America) IPA: /ʃɑk/


  1. A sudden, heavy impact.
    The train hit the buffers with a great shock.
    1. (figuratively) Something so surprising that it is stunning.
    2. A sudden or violent mental or emotional disturbance.
    3. Electric shock, a sudden burst of electrical energy hitting a person or animal.
    4. Circulatory shock, a medical emergency characterized by the inability of the circulatory system to supply enough oxygen to meet tissue requirements.
  2. (mathematics) A discontinuity arising in the solution of a partial differential equation.

See Thesaurus:surprise

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shock (shocks, present participle shocking; past and past participle shocked)

  1. (transitive) To cause to be emotionally shocked, to cause (someone) to feel surprised and upset.
    The disaster shocked the world.
  2. (transitive) To give an electric shock to.
  3. (obsolete, intransitive) To meet with a shock; to collide in a violent encounter.
    • They saw the moment approach when the two parties would shock together.
Translations Translations
  • German: einen Stromstoß versetzen
  • Portuguese: dar um choque

shock (plural shocks)

  1. An arrangement of sheaves for drying; a stook.
    • Cause it on shocks to be by and by set.
    • Behind the master walks, builds up the shocks.
  2. (commerce, dated) A lot consisting of sixty pieces; a term applied in some Baltic ports to loose goods.
  3. (by extension) A tuft or bunch of something, such as hair or grass.
    His head boasted a shock of sandy hair.
  4. (obsolete) A small dog with long shaggy hair, especially a poodle or spitz; a shaggy lapdog.
    • 1827 Thomas Carlyle, The Fair-Haired Eckbert
      When I read of witty persons, I could not figure them but like the little shock. (translating the German Spitz)

shock (shocks, present participle shocking; past and past participle shocked)

  1. (transitive) To collect, or make up, into a shock or shocks; to stook.
    to shock rye

Proper noun
  1. Surname

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