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Definition of Shock


  1. To subject to the action of an electrical discharge so as to cause a more or less violent depression or commotion of the nervous system.
  2. A pile or assemblage of sheaves of grain, as wheat, rye, or the like, set up in a field, the sheaves varying in number from twelve to sixteen; a stook.
  3. A lot consisting of sixty pieces; -- a term applied in some Baltic ports to loose goods.
  4. To collect, or make up, into a shock or shocks; to stook; as, to shock rye.
  5. To be occupied with making shocks.
  6. A quivering or shaking which is the effect of a blow, collision, or violent impulse; a blow, impact, or collision; a concussion; a sudden violent impulse or onset.
  7. A sudden agitation of the mind or feelings; a sensation of pleasure or pain caused by something unexpected or overpowering; also, a sudden agitating or overpowering event.
  8. A sudden depression of the vital forces of the entire body, or of a port of it, marking some profound impression produced upon the nervous system, as by severe injury, overpowering emotion, or the like.
  9. The sudden convulsion or contraction of the muscles, with the feeling of a concussion, caused by the discharge, through the animal system, of electricity from a charged body.
  10. To give a shock to; to cause to shake or waver; hence, to strike against suddenly; to encounter with violence.
  11. To strike with surprise, terror, horror, or disgust; to cause to recoil; as, his violence shocked his associates.
  12. To meet with a shock; to meet in violent encounter.
  13. A dog with long hair or shag; -- called also shockdog.
  14. A thick mass of bushy hair; as, a head covered with a shock of sandy hair.
  15. Bushy; shaggy; as, a shock hair.

Shock Quotations

No matter how prepared you think you are for the death of a loved one, it still comes as a shock, and it still hurts very deeply.
Billy Graham

When we forgive evil we do not excuse it, we do not tolerate it, we do not smother it. We look the evil full in the face, call it what it is, let its horror shock and stun and enrage us, and only then do we forgive it.
Lewis B. Smedes

I do like to shock and surprise people. When it's all in good fun, of course.
Ruth Warrick

To become a doctor, you spend so much time in the tunnels of preparation - head down, trying not to screw up, trying to make it from one day to the next - that it is a shock to find yourself at the other end, with someone shaking your hand and asking how much money you want to make.
Atul Gawande

No experience is a cause of success or failure. We do not suffer from the shock of our experiences, so-called trauma - but we make out of them just what suits our purposes.
Alfred Adler
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Shock Translations

shock in Afrikaans is skok
shock in Danish is ryste
shock in Dutch is opschudden, schokken, schudden
shock in Finnish is pudistaa
shock in French is choquons, offusquer, choquez, choquer, secouer
shock in Italian is scandalizzare, crollo
shock in Portuguese is choque
shock in Spanish is shock, impacto, estremezo
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