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Meaning of quake

quake

Pronunciation: (kwāk), [key]
— v., n. quaked, quak•ing,
—v.i.
  1. (of persons) to shake or tremble from cold, weakness, fear, anger, or the like: He spoke boldly even though his legs were quaking.
  2. (of things) to shake or tremble, as from shock, internal convulsion, or instability: The earth suddenly began to quake.
—n.
  1. an earthquake.
  2. a trembling or tremulous agitation.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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