1. verb

the whole building shook

vibrate, tremble, quiver, quake, shiver, shudder, jiggle, wobble, rock, sway; convulse

she shook the bottle

jiggle, joggle, agitate

he shook his stick at them

brandish, wave, flourish, swing, wield

the look in his eyes really shook her

upset, distress, disturb, unsettle, disconcert, discompose, disquiet, unnerve, trouble, throw off balance, agitate, fluster; shock, alarm, frighten, scare, worry; informal rattle

this will shake their confidence

weaken, undermine, damage, impair, harm; reduce, diminish, decrease
2. noun

he gave his coat a shake

jiggle, joggle

a shake of his fist

flourish, brandish, wave
3) (shakes)

it gives me the shakes

tremors, delirium tremens; informal DTs, jitters, the creeps, the shivers, willies, heebie-jeebies, the jim-jams
shake, quake, quiver, shiver, shudder, tremble
Does a cool breeze make you shiver, quiver, shudder, or tremble? All of these verbs describe vibrating, wavering, or oscillating movements that, in living creatures, are often involuntary expressions of strain or discomfort. Shake, which refers to abrupt forward-and-backward, side-to-side, or up-and-down movements, is different from the others in that it can be done to a person or object as well as by one (shake a can of paint; shake visibly while lifting a heavy load). Tremble applies specifically to the slight and rapid shaking motion the human body makes when it is nervous, frightened, or uneasy (his hands trembled when he picked up the phone). To shiver is to make a similar movement with the entire body, but the cause is usually cold or fear (shiver in the draft from an open door). Quiver suggests a rapid and almost imperceptible vibration resulting from disturbed or irregular surface tension; it refers more often to things (the leaves quivered in the breeze), although people may quiver when they're under emotional tension (her lower lip quivered and her eyes were downcast). Shudder suggests a more intense shaking, usually in response to something horrible or revolting (shudder at the thought of eating uncooked meat). Quake implies a violent upheaval or shaking, similar to what occurs during an earthquake (the boy's heart quaked at his father's approach).

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