Definitions for shock

Definitions for (noun) shock

Main entry: electric shock, electrical shock, shock

Definition: a reflex response to the passage of electric current through the body

Usage: subjects received a small electric shock when they made the wrong response; electricians get accustomed to occasional shocks

Main entry: shock, impact

Definition: the violent interaction of individuals or groups entering into combat

Usage: the armies met in the shock of battle

Main entry: shock, shock absorber, cushion

Definition: a mechanical damper; absorbs energy of sudden impulses

Usage: the old car needed a new set of shocks

Main entry: shock, blow

Definition: an unpleasant or disappointing surprise

Usage: it came as a shock to learn that he was injured

Main entry: shock, jolt, jounce, jar

Definition: a sudden jarring impact

Usage: the door closed with a jolt; all the jars and jolts were smoothed out by the shock absorbers

Main entry: seismic disturbance, shock

Definition: an instance of agitation of the earth's crust

Usage: the first shock of the earthquake came shortly after noon while workers were at lunch

Main entry: stupor, daze, shock

Definition: the feeling of distress and disbelief that you have when something bad happens accidentally

Usage: his mother's death left him in a daze; he was numb with shock

Main entry: shock

Definition: a bushy thick mass (especially hair)

Usage: he had an unruly shock of black hair

Main entry: shock

Definition: a pile of sheaves of grain set on end in a field to dry; stalks of Indian corn set up in a field

Usage: corn is bound in small sheaves and several sheaves are set up together in shocks; whole fields of wheat in shock

Main entry: shock

Definition: (pathology) bodily collapse or near collapse caused by inadequate oxygen delivery to the cells; characterized by reduced cardiac output and rapid heartbeat and circulatory insufficiency and pallor

Usage: loss of blood is an important cause of shock

Definitions for (verb) shock

Main entry: shock, traumatise, traumatize

Definition: inflict a trauma upon

Main entry: shock

Definition: subject to electrical shocks

Main entry: shock

Definition: collect or gather into shocks

Usage: shock grain

Main entry: shock

Definition: collide violently

Main entry: shock

Definition: strike with horror or terror

Usage: The news of the bombing shocked her

Main entry: blow out of the water, ball over, shock, floor, take aback

Definition: surprise greatly; knock someone's socks off

Usage: I was floored when I heard that I was promoted

Main entry: scandalise, scandalize, shock, appal, appall, outrage, offend

Definition: strike with disgust or revulsion

Usage: The scandalous behavior of this married woman shocked her friends

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