Shake(?), n. 1. The act or result of shaking; a vacillating or wavering motion; a rapid motion one way and other; a trembling, quaking, or shivering; agitation.
The great soldier's honor was composedHerbert.
Of thicker stuff, which could endure a shake.
Our salutations were very hearty on both sides, consisting of many kind shakes of the hand.Addison.
2. A fissure or crack in timber, caused by its being dried too suddenly.
3. A fissure in rock or earth.
(Mus.) A rapid alternation of a principal tone with another represented on the next degree of the staff above or below it; a trill.
(Naut.) One of the staves of a hogshead or barrel taken apart.
6. A shook of staves and headings.
(Zol.) The redshank; -- so called from the nodding of its head while on the ground.
No great shakes, of no great importance.
The shakes, the fever and ague.
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