shock: Meaning and Definition of
- a sudden and violent blow or impact; collision.
- a sudden or violent disturbance or commotion: the shock of battle.
- a sudden or violent disturbance of the mind, emotions, or sensibilities: The burglary was a shock to her sense of security. The book provided a shock, nothing more.
- the cause of such a disturbance: The rebuke came as a shock.
- a collapse of circulatory function, caused by severe injury, blood loss, or disease, and characterized by pallor, sweating, weak pulse, and very low blood pressure. Cf.
- the physiological effect produced by the passage of an electric current through the body.
- shock absorbers, esp. in the suspension of an automobile.
- to strike or jar with intense surprise, horror, disgust, etc.: He enjoyed shocking people.
- to strike against violently.
- to give an electric shock to.
- to undergo a shock.
- a group of sheaves of grain placed on end and supporting one another in the field.
- to make into shocks.
- a thick, bushy mass, as of hair.
- a dog with long, shaggy hair.
- shaggy, as hair.
- shock (Thesaurus)