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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
shake
I.verb
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
a trembling/shaking voice (=a voice that shakes because someone is very nervous or frightened)
▪ He stood up and began to speak in a trembling voice.
an explosion shakes sth
▪ A series of explosions shook the building.
badly shaken (=be very upset or frightened)
▪ Both boys were badly shaken by the incident.
be shaking with anger
▪ My aunt was shaking with anger as she left the room.
be shaking with nerves (=to be extremely nervous)
▪ Just before the audition he was shaking with nerves.
dent/shake sb’s confidence (=make it less strong)
▪ A bad experience like that can dent your confidence.
give sth a shake/rattle/tug etc
▪ She picked up the envelope and gave it a shake.
milk shake
sb's hands shake/tremble
▪ His hands trembled as he lifted the cup.
sb’s shoulders shake (=because they are crying or laughing)
▪ His shoulders were shaking and tears of laughter were running down his face.
sb’s voice trembles/shakes (=sounds unsteady)
▪ His voice shook with anger.
shake sb awake
▪ Ben shook me awake and told me the news.
shake sb’s confidence (=make them have less confidence)
▪ The stock market fall has shaken the confidence of investors.
shake sb’s hand (also shake hands with sb)
▪ ‘Nice to meet you,’ he said, as they shook hands.
shake with laughter
▪ They were shaking with laughter and couldn't even speak.
shake your head (=move it from side to side, especially to show disagreement)
▪ ‘It’s too much,’ he said, shaking his head.
shaken/shocked/thrilled to the core
▪ When I heard the news, I was shaken to the core.
shake/rub/wipe etc sth dry
▪ He wiped his hands dry with a handkerchief.
shake/tremble with fear
▪ He was shaking with fear after being held at gunpoint.
shake/tremble with rage
▪ His wife was shaking with rage.
shaking with fury
▪ I was shaking with fury.
shook...fist
▪ Dooley stood up and shook his fist in her face.
shook...foundations
▪ The earthquake shook the foundations of the house.
tremble/shiver/shake etc violently
▪ I was still trembling violently.
visibly shaken/shocked/upset etc
▪ She was visibly shaken by the news.
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADVERB
badly
▪ Stephen saw that Douglas's hands were now shaking badly as he rubbed his face.
▪ He was badly shaken and needed nine stitches in a head injury.
▪ She had been badly shaken up and obviously distressed by the experience.
▪ She had been crying, and was still shaking badly.
▪ July 1944, failed although he was injured and undoubtedly badly shaken.
▪ I was badly shaken by that pact.
▪ An Arab ambassador said he was bruised, looked badly shaken and needed at least two weeks to recover.
off
▪ The industry is desperate to shake off the allegation that the chocolate sold in the West may be tainted by slave labour.
▪ Add a few veal shanks at a time and coat well with flour, shaking off any excess. 2.
▪ The grip of neoclassicism seems finally to have been shaken off.
▪ Yet they could not shake off the idea of an adoption, and finally succumbed.
▪ To shake off my depression I thought I would get myself something light to read on the train.
▪ Mom shook off my help and tried the knapsack once again.
▪ Nor did Dorothy quickly shake off a sense of their improbable good fortune.
▪ Dredge rabbit pieces in flour, shaking off excess.
up
▪ They are the men and women who start vibrant new companies, turn around failing companies, and shake up staid ones.
▪ She wakes up shaking in anticipation of being eaten alive.
▪ She had been badly shaken up and obviously distressed by the experience.
▪ He tried to shake up the race by resigning his Senate seat and shedding his tie.
▪ The 43-year-old millionaire has been brought in to shake up Central Office.
▪ I was already well-known in classical circles, but this shook up the young generation and made them conscious.
▪ She believes some people will vote Labour to shake up the Conservatives and make them reconsider their policies.
▪ At least something shook up the hall.
visibly
▪ After his Bolton wandering had turned into a rout, some of his staff were visibly shaken.
▪ As he spoke he was still visibly shaken: I let her have it.
▪ He was visibly shaken and seemed genuinely surprised that Charlton was dead.
▪ Wayne Gretzky, visibly shaken, skated over to check on his wife during a 10-minute delay in the game.
▪ When Quinn put down the phone, it was the first time Sam had seen him appear visibly shaken.
■ NOUN
confidence
▪ Such an examination could shake some of the confidence that built in 1995.
disbelief
▪ I watch a white Lamborghini Countach trundle past on the street outside and shake my head in disbelief.
▪ He took a step back and shook his head in disbelief.
▪ She shakes her head with disbelief and that famous face blushes scarlet once more.
▪ At times, I could see Father watching from the window, shaking his head in disbelief.
▪ Helen was speechless, and could only shake her head in disbelief.
fist
▪ It is suggested that merely shaking one's fist at another should not be treated as amounting to threats of violence.
▪ Better to leave your audience wailing in the dark, shaking their fists, some crying How?, others why?
▪ Eighteen years and 110 Tests later he bowed out, with Nemesis unable to resist shaking her fist at him.
▪ Then he spoke roughly once more, shoved the teeth deeper into his pocket and shook his fist at her.
▪ Asshe shook his fist, and advanced threateningly.
▪ Cars honked, brakes screeched, and drivers cursed, shaking fists and pointing digits.
▪ Follow me round muttering and shaking their fists.
▪ In the midst of all this I let go of one handful of weed to shake my fist at him.
foundation
▪ Came like a sudden gust of wind, banging doors in him, shaking him to his foundations.
▪ The money economy shook the foundations of a society composed mainly of lords and peasants.
▪ The thunder seemed to shake the foundations of the building.
▪ Yet even as the competition fades into the history books, something also seems to be shaking the foundations of capitalism.
hand
▪ Zenor, his hands shaking, also got Bruins forward Adam Oates to give him an autograph.
▪ Tony noticed that her hands were shaking.
▪ My hands shook as I slowly ran the razor over my face, cutting through the cream in even swaths.
▪ As Lisa laid down the phone her hand was shaking.
▪ She fumbles with the papers, and it looks like her hands are shaking.
▪ Some one was pulling at her clothes, a hand shook her shoulder, and then a thumb rolled back her eyelid.
▪ His hands were shaking slightly but he found himself calm.
head
▪ Zeno's head shook with fury as he sucked her and bruised her.
▪ I nodded my head yes, shook it no, shrugged, and, I suppose, looked generally baffled and stupid.
▪ Fade on two heads, shaking.
▪ I shake my head as I shake his hand.
▪ I wanted to grab my head and shake the cement out of it.
▪ Rupert threw back his head, shook his black hair and laughed.
▪ Harding, says, bows his head, and shakes hands with McMurphy.
laughter
▪ Her shoulders shook with laughter, her alabaster cheeks flushed with warmth.
▪ Cameron was shaking with laughter, looking on and making no move to help.
▪ Rows and rows of streetlights shaking with laughter.
leg
▪ But Bobbie couldn't move because her legs were shaking too much.
▪ My legs had begun to shake.
▪ He could feel his legs shaking under him.
▪ My hunger became so great my legs shook.
▪ Her legs were shaking, and she couldn't forget about that confrontation with Julius.
▪ Her mouth went dry, her heart raced, and her legs shook.
▪ Four or five can jar your legs badly and shake your guts up into a momentary dysentery if you land wrong.
shoulder
▪ His shoulders shook, and Jean was certain that he was weeping.
▪ Varney had been chuckling about something, his shoulders shaking.
▪ He was sitting on the floor among the cracker wrappings and the crumbs, his shoulders shaking, his eyes tight shut.
▪ Then she was trembling, her shoulders shaking as she began to cry.
▪ When he returned he thought Benedicta was crying, her shoulders were shaking so.
▪ His shoulders were shaking, and tears were scrambling down his crumpled cheeks like lemmings.
▪ He stood quite still, shoulders shaking, tears coursing along the freckles.
▪ Again I cried, my shoulders shaking, producing more fluid than I believed possible.
voice
▪ His voice is shaken by the tumult of his feelings ... Outside some one touches you ... with a light greeting.
▪ Afraid to trust her voice, Marge simply shook her head.
▪ She was angry, yes, but why was her voice shaking like this?
▪ In a voice that shook in spite of her efforts to control it, she asked if she could see Mrs Blessington-Dalrymple.
▪ He stepped forward and advanced slowly up the ramp, still singing in that voice which shook the rafters.
■ VERB
begin
▪ They began to shake, for this was too close to hell-fire and witchcraft.
▪ The wind, which had only shrieked in the trees, began to roar and shake the buildings.
▪ She began to shake with reaction as soon as it was done.
▪ My legs had begun to shake.
▪ Jessamy's knees had immediately begun to shake, and she had wheeled round and run out.
▪ A butterfly pupa, hanging from a twig, begins to shake.
▪ Teravainen began shaking his head, but said nothing.
start
▪ He spun round with both arms extended, and started to shake his hands vigorously.
▪ Lleland and Edelstein started shaking their heads.
▪ For example, if a Gallup poll goes against the Government, sterling starts to shake.
▪ J., two old government buildings suddenly started shaking.
▪ When your outer thigh starts to shake or hurt, stop.
▪ Remember, if the ground starts shaking, get out of reach of any-thing that can fall on you.
▪ It wells up her perfectly tanned throat and finally she starts to shake, honey blonde hair cascading over slim shoulders.
▪ If I am alone in a room, I get so frightened I start to shake.
PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
be no great shakes
▪ The food we got there was no great shakes.
▪ At school I was no great shakes at it, or anything.
▪ Secondly, and crucially, Professor Griff is no great shakes as a rapper.
give sb/get a fair shake
▪ Q.. Do you think the press has given you a fair shake?
shake/rock the foundations of sth
▪ The money economy shook the foundations of a society composed mainly of lords and peasants.
▪ The thunder seemed to shake the foundations of the building.
▪ Yet even as the competition fades into the history books, something also seems to be shaking the foundations of capitalism.
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ "Women drivers!" the truck driver yelled, shaking his fist at me.
Shake the bottle well to mix all the ingredients together.
▪ Brad got up and shook his legs to get all the grass off.
▪ Coat the chicken pieces in flour and shake off any excess.
▪ Ed was playing his music so loud that the whole house shook.
▪ His hand shook as he signed the paper.
▪ I can't seem to shake off this cold.
▪ Mom shook her head. "You can't go out again at this time of night."
▪ My hands were shaking so much I could hardly write my name on the exam paper.
▪ Never shake a baby.
▪ News of the accident shook the tiny farming community.
▪ Parker hopes to shake his image as a dull, unimaginative politician.
▪ She shook her long blonde hair.
▪ She shook the blanket to get rid of all the dust.
▪ Suddenly the ground beneath my feet began to shake.
▪ The car slowed down, shook for a moment and then stopped.
▪ The huge explosion shook houses up to five miles away.
▪ The others were all shaking with laughter.
▪ They raced around corners and down dark alleys, trying to shake the police.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ But this was self-pity, to which he had never been addicted, and he must shake it off at all costs.
▪ He shook the rain from his overcoat and cap and proceeded to undo his boots.
▪ Once they reached the ground they shook their wings violently, until they fell off.
▪ She shook her head, pretending a half-bewilder-ment.
▪ She shook her head, tugging the hairbrush vigorously through her tangled auburn locks.
▪ The hostile tone of Gioella's last comment shook her.
▪ Theda was shaking, a river of ice at her back.
▪ When he went he shook my hand.
II.noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADJECTIVE
fair
▪ Q.. Do you think the press has given you a fair shake?
good
▪ I get hold of her shoulders and give her a good shake.
▪ Give both jars a good shake and repeat the shake periodically.
▪ Body positions, lineout techniques, defensive alignments, all need a good shake down.
▪ Give them a good shake, in case an interesting piece of paper has been used as a bookmark.
▪ Do this the day before you intend to fish, and give them a good shake every time you walk past them.
great
▪ At school I was no great shakes at it, or anything.
▪ No great shakes in story or gags, but fun throughout.
▪ Secondly, and crucially, Professor Griff is no great shakes as a rapper.
▪ I hadn't been any great shakes at boxing, but I'd thought as a young man that I might be.
▪ It is very simply made and no great shakes as a piece of cinema.
■ NOUN
hand
▪ It was not until she stood up to shake hands that Julia saw that she was pregnant.
▪ When Jefferson defeated Adams for the presidency, Adams left town before the inauguration rather than shake hands with him.
▪ Anna and William stand and shake hands formally Well, it was nice to meet you.
▪ One time after a close loss, I told him I felt lousy and I didn't want to go shake hands.
▪ Ma and Father shake hands with everyone and look as if they are having a wonderful time.
▪ Eventually she literally dragged him up to shake hands.
▪ McCready did not embrace or even shake hands.
milk
▪ They are vital for cleaning machinery tubes and spouts from vending machines and milk shake dispensers to full blown process machinery.
■ VERB
get
▪ He said he's still got the shakes almost 2 years later.
▪ He said she acted erratic, got the shakes one evening and almost had a nervous breakdown.
▪ I fantasise about him and get the shakes when he's in the room.
give
▪ But as she opened her mouth to suggest it, she gave herself a mental shake.
▪ Q.. Do you think the press has given you a fair shake?
▪ At first light I gave Taff a shake and presented him with a mug of tea.
▪ Tia Carmen reached out and gave his arm a shake.
▪ She got out of the bath and gave herself a mental shake as she quickly towelled herself dry.
▪ It gives her the shakes and ruins her concentration.
▪ She gave herself a little shake.
▪ The man and woman were giving it a shake and preparing to fold it.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ At 4 a. m., he drinks a protein shake with four more dietary supplements and six amino acids.
▪ At first light I gave Taff a shake and presented him with a mug of tea.
▪ For those who know nothing of the quick-step, the shake or the twist, there is a late night disco.
▪ Got ta love the pineapple shake too.
▪ He picked up the envelope and gave it a bit of a shake.
▪ She dropped the pillow back into place and gave herself a shake.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Shake

Shake \Shake\, obs. p. p. of Shake.
--Chaucer.

Shake

Shake \Shake\, v. t. [imp. Shook; p. p. Shaken, ( Shook, obs.); p. pr. & vb. n. Shaking.] [OE. shaken, schaken, AS. scacan, sceacan; akin to Icel. & Sw. skaka, OS. skakan, to depart, to flee. [root]16

  1. Cf. Shock, v.] 1. To cause to move with quick or violent vibrations; to move rapidly one way and the other; to make to tremble or shiver; to agitate.

    As a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind.
    --Rev. vi. 13.

    Ascend my chariot; guide the rapid wheels That shake heaven's basis.
    --Milton.

  2. Fig.: To move from firmness; to weaken the stability of; to cause to waver; to impair the resolution of.

    When his doctrines grew too strong to be shook by his enemies, they persecuted his reputation.
    --Atterbury.

    Thy equal fear that my firm faith and love Can by his fraud be shaken or seduced.
    --Milton.

  3. (Mus.) To give a tremulous tone to; to trill; as, to shake a note in music.

  4. To move or remove by agitating; to throw off by a jolting or vibrating motion; to rid one's self of; -- generally with an adverb, as off, out, etc.; as, to shake fruit down from a tree.

    Shake off the golden slumber of repose.
    --Shak.

    'Tis our fast intent To shake all cares and business from our age.
    --Shak.

    I could scarcely shake him out of my company.
    --Bunyan.

    To shake a cask (Naut.), to knock a cask to pieces and pack the staves.

    To shake hands, to perform the customary act of civility by clasping and moving hands, as an expression of greeting, farewell, good will, agreement, etc.

    To shake out a reef (Naut.), to untile the reef points and spread more canvas.

    To shake the bells. See under Bell.

    To shake the sails (Naut.), to luff up in the wind, causing the sails to shiver.
    --Ham. Nav. Encyc.

Shake

Shake \Shake\, v. i. To be agitated with a waving or vibratory motion; to tremble; to shiver; to quake; to totter.

Under his burning wheels The steadfast empyrean shook throughout, All but the throne itself of God.
--Milton.

What danger? Who 's that that shakes behind there?
--Beau. & Fl.

Shaking piece, a name given by butchers to the piece of beef cut from the under side of the neck. See Illust. of Beef.

Shake

Shake \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 composed Of thicker stuff, which could endure a shake.
    --Herbert.

    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.
    --Gwilt.

  3. A fissure in rock or earth.

  4. (Mus.) A rapid alternation of a principal tone with another represented on the next degree of the staff above or below it; a trill.

  5. (Naut.) One of the staves of a hogshead or barrel taken apart.
    --Totten.

  6. A shook of staves and headings.
    --Knight.

  7. (Zo["o]l.) The redshank; -- so called from the nodding of its head while on the ground. [Prov. Eng.]

    No great shakes, of no great importance. [Slang]
    --Byron.

    The shakes, the fever and ague. [Colloq. U.S.]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
shake

late 14c., "charge, onrush," from shake (v.). Meaning "a hard shock" is from 1560s. From 1580s as "act of shaking;" 1660s as "irregular vibration." The hand-grip salutation so called by 1712. As a figure of instantaneous action, it is recorded from 1816. Phrase fair shake "honest deal" is attested from 1830, American English (Bartlett calls it "A New England vulgarism"). The shakes "nervous agitation" is from 1620s. Short for milk shake from 191

  1. Dismissive phrase no great shakes (1816, Byron) perhaps is from dicing.

shake

Old English sceacan "move (something) quickly to and fro, brandish; move the body or a part of it rapidly back and forth;" also "go, glide, hasten, flee, depart" (related to sceacdom "flight"); of persons or parts of the body, "to tremble" especially from fever, cold, fear" (class VI strong verb; past tense scoc, past participle scacen), from Proto-Germanic *skakanan (cognates: Old Norse, Swedish skaka, Danish skage "to shift, turn, veer"). No certain cognates outside Germanic, but some suggest a possible connection to Sanskrit khaj "to agitate, churn, stir about," Old Church Slavonic skoku "a leap, bound," Welsh ysgogi "move."\n

\nOf the earth in earthquakes, c.1300. Meaning "seize and shake (someone or something else)" is from early 14c. In reference to mixing ingredients, etc., by shaking a container from late 14c. Meaning "to rid oneself of by abrupt twists" is from c.1200, also in Middle English in reference to evading responsibility, etc. Meaning "weaken, impair" is from late 14c., on notion of "make unstable."\n

\nTo shake hands dates from 1530s. Shake a (loose) leg "hurry up" first recorded 1904; shake a heel (sometimes foot) was an old way to say "to dance" (1660s); to shake (one's) elbow (1620s) meant "to gamble at dice." Phrase more _____ than you can shake a stick at is attested from 1818, American English. To shake (one's) head as a sign of disapproval is recorded from c.1300.

Wiktionary
shake

n. 1 The act of shaking something. 2 A milkshake. 3 A beverage made by adding ice cream to a (usually carbonated) drink; a float. 4 Shake cannabis, small, leafy fragments of cannabis that gather at the bottom of a bag of marijuan

  1. 5 (context building material English) A thin shingle. 6 A crack or split between the growth rings in wood. 7 A fissure in rock or earth. 8 (context informal English) Instant, second. (Especially (term: in two shakes).) 9 (context nautical English) One of the staves of a hogshead or barrel taken apart. 10 (context music English) A rapid alternation of a principal tone with another represented on the next degree of the staff above or below it; a trill. 11 A shook of staves and headings. 12 (context UK dialect English) The redshank, so called from the nodding of its head while on the ground. v

  2. (context transitive ergative English) To cause (something) to move rapidly in opposite directions alternatingly.

WordNet
shake
  1. n. building material used as siding or roofing [syn: shingle]

  2. frothy drink of milk and flavoring and sometimes fruit or ice cream [syn: milkshake, milk shake]

  3. a note that alternates rapidly with another note a semitone above it [syn: trill]

  4. grasping and shaking a person's hand (as to acknowledge an introduction or to agree on a contract) [syn: handshake, handshaking, handclasp]

  5. reflex shaking caused by cold or fear or excitement [syn: tremble, shiver]

  6. causing to move repeatedly from side to side [syn: wag, waggle]

  7. [also: shook, shaken]

shake
  1. v. move or cause to move back and forth; "The chemist shook the flask vigorously"; "My hands were shaking" [syn: agitate]

  2. move with or as if with a tremor; "his hands shook" [syn: didder]

  3. shake or vibrate rapidly and intensively; "The old engine was juddering" [syn: judder]

  4. move back and forth or sideways; "the ship was rocking"; "the tall building swayed"; "She rocked back and forth on her feet" [syn: rock, sway]

  5. undermine or cause to waver; "my faith has been shaken"; "The bad news shook her hopes"

  6. stir the feelings, emotions, or peace of; "These stories shook the community"; "the civil war shook the country" [syn: stimulate, shake up, excite, stir]

  7. get rid of; "I couldn't shake the car that was following me" [syn: shake off, throw off, escape from]

  8. bring to a specified condition by or as if by shaking; "He was shaken from his dreams"; "shake the salt out of the salt shaker"

  9. shake (a body part) to communicate a greeting, feeling, or cognitive state; "shake one's head"; "She shook her finger at the naughty students"; "The old enemies shook hands"; "Don't shake your fist at me!"

  10. [also: shook, shaken]

Wikipedia
Shake

Shake may refer to:

  • Handshake
  • Milkshake
  • Tremor
  • Shakes (wood)
Shake (singer)

Dato'Sheikh Abdullah bin Ahmad, also known as Dato Shake, was a very popular Malaysian singer in the 1980s Malay music scene. He was born in Johor, Malaysia, but is now based in Beverly Hills, California, and Paris, France, with his wife and their four children. He is also ex-collegian of English College Johore Bahru.

Shake (EliZe song)

"Shake" is a Europop song written by the Peter Hartmann, Jan Langhoff and Linda Holmberg and recorded by the Dutch singer EliZe. The song was released as EliZe's first single from her debut album In Control, which was released in October 2006 in the Benelux. It was produced by Peter Hartmann and Jan Langhoff and was made "Dancesmash" by Radio 538. The single spent 5 weeks in the Dutch Top 40 and peaked at number 32.

Shake (software)

Shake was an image compositing package used in the post-production industry. Shake was widely used in visual effects and digital compositing for film, video and commercials. Shake exposed its node graph architecture graphically. It enabled complex image processing sequences to be designed through the connection of effects "nodes" in a graphical workflow interface. This type of compositing interface allowed great flexibility, including the ability to modify the parameters of an earlier image processing step "in context" (while viewing the final composite). Many other compositing packages, such as Blender, eyeon Fusion, Nuke and Cineon, also used a similar node-based approach.

Shake was available for Mac OS X and Linux. Support for Microsoft Windows and IRIX was discontinued in previous versions.

On July 30, 2009, Apple discontinued Shake. No direct product replacement was announced by Apple, but some features are now available in Final Cut Studio and Motion, such as the SmoothCam filter.

Shake (John Schlitt album)

Shake is the first solo album released by John Schlitt, lead singer of the Christian rock band Petra. It was released in the Spring of 1995.

Shake (Jesse McCartney song)

"Shake" was the original lead single from Jesse McCartney's fourth studio album, Have It All. Have It All was, however, postponed to a point that it was eventually cancelled completely. "Shake" is written by McCartney, Jacob Kasher Hindlin, and written and produced by Joshua Coleman. It was sent to both U.S. mainstream radios and released in digital download format on September 21, 2010.

Shake (Little Boots song)

"Shake" is a song by English recording artist Little Boots, released as the lead single from her second studio album, Nocturnes (2013). Written by Boots and James Ford and produced by Ford, the song was released in the United Kingdom on 11 November 2011.

Shake (company)

Shake is a New York-based legal technology startup company. Its primary product is the Shake app which offers individuals the ability to create, sign and send legally binding agreements through their iOS devices. As of April 2014, the app is only available for the iPhone.

The Shake Law app includes a library of simple, plain-English legal agreements that can be executed via a mobile device. It includes a number of stock contract templates pertaining to Freelancing/Independent Contractors, Non-Disclosure Agreements, Buying and Selling, Rental of Goods, and Personal Loans. After selecting a template, a user then customizes it by answering a series of questions.

Shake (unit)

A shake is an informal unit of time equal to 10 nanoseconds, or 10 seconds. It has applications in nuclear physics, helping to conveniently express the timing of various events in a nuclear explosion. The typical time required for one step in the chain reaction (i.e. the typical time for each neutron to cause a fission event, which releases more neutrons) is of the order of 1 shake, and the chain reaction is typically complete by 50 to 100 shakes.

This is also applicable to circuits. Since signal progression in IC chips is very rapid, on the order of nanoseconds, a shake is good measure of how quickly a signal can progress through an IC.

Like many nuclear units, it is derived from top secret operations of the Manhattan Project during World War II. The word comes from the expression "two shakes of a lamb's tail" or, in the Southern United States, "three shakes of a billy-goat's tail," which indicates a very short time interval. For nuclear-bomb designers, 10 nanoseconds was a convenient specific interval to connect to this term.

It has been discussed at length that the oldest documented usage of the phrase "two shakes of a lamb's tail" can be found within the compiled works of Richard Harris Barham called The Ingoldsby Legends.

Shake (Ying Yang Twins song)

"Shake" is the third single from the Ying Yang Twins album, U.S.A. (United State of Atlanta). It features the rapper Pitbull. The song contains a sample of " Din Daa Daa" by George Kranz.

The official remix features Pitbull with a new verse and Elephant Man, featured in the Ying Yang Twins' U.S.A. Still United and Pitbull's Money Is Still a Major Issue.

The song makes a reference to the songs " The New Workout Plan" by Kanye West and "Back that Azz Up" by Juvenile.

The music video had heavy airplay on BET, MTV and VH1. The video was directed by Life Garland.

Shake (Sam Cooke song)

"Shake" is a song written and recorded by Sam Cooke It was recorded at the last recording session Cooke had before his death in December 1964. In the U.S., the song became a posthumous Top 10 hit for Cooke, peaking at #7 in February, 1965.

The song was also recorded by Eric Burdon and The Animals, Otis Redding, Ike and Tina Turner, Rod Stewart and The Supremes (album: We Remember Sam Cooke). Redding's version was elected to the "500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll " by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Redding performed the song backed by Booker T & the MGs at the Monterey Pop Festival in June 1967. Recordings of the performance have been released by Reprise (1970) and Rhino (1997) records.

In 1966, the British TV show Ready Steady Goes Live (the live version of Ready Steady Go!), devoted a whole programme to a live performance by Redding, who regularly covered many of Cooke's songs. One of the highlights was a version of "Shake" on which Redding was joined by Eric Burdon and Chris Farlowe.

The song was covered by the Small Faces. It was a prominent part of their early live repertoire and featured as the opening track on their debut album Small Faces, and re-released on the Decca Anthology collection.

Eddie and the Hot Rods released a version of the song as the B-side to their 1976 single, "Teenage Depression".

The song was sampled by rapper, Game on his 2011 album, The R.E.D. Album.

Shake (Sam Cooke album)

Shake is the first posthumous studio album by American singer-songwriter Sam Cooke.

Shake (MercyMe song)

"Shake" is the lead single on MercyMe's eighth studio album Welcome to the New. It was released on November 12, 2013 by Fair Trade Services and Columbia Records. It was written by MercyMe, David Garcia, Ben Glover, and Solomon Olds and produced by Garcia and Glover. On April 22, 2014, MercyMe performed the song on Today with Kathie Lee and Hoda. The song was nominated for Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards.

Shake (The Thing album)

Shake is an album by The Thing, the trio of saxophonist Mats Gustafsson, bassist Ingebrigt Håker Flaten and drummer Paal Nilssen-Love. The album was recorded in June 2015 and released that year by the band's eponymous label.

Shake (Khanyi Mbau song)

"Shake" is a song by South African musician, actress and television personality Khanyi Mbau which is set to drop Friday, August .

The song was released on August 10, 2016 on iTunes by Mabala Noise Entertainment as the first single from her upcoming second album. Lyrically, the song incorporates themes of woman empowerment and the ‘Blesser an Blessee’ phenomenon that took South Africa by storm earlier this year. The song uses Jamaican Patois.

Usage examples of "shake".

Yet, when at last the expected step drew near, she shuddered, trembled, and turned pale with affright, and, starting to her feet, looked this way and that with a wild impulse to flee: then, as the door opened, she dropped into her chair again, and covered her face with her shaking hands.

It shook off the remaining loose nanomissiles and fired thirty of them straight at the Affronter ship.

And when she tried to pull you into bed-was He sagged against the aley wall, shaking with laughter.

A year ago it would have shaken her to the core to have her son go against her, but since his rebellion over the annulment he was no longer the sweet, biddable boy she loved.

There I was, with my pants unfastened and my anther in my hand, shaking it over a flower in a big pot.

I strip down and I grab my anther and I shake it and I shake it and I.

Shake back into the mortar, rub up with about 1 gram of powdered anthracite, and re-calcine for 10 minutes longer.

The doctor grumpily surveyed the gold antrum plug, then dipped its head in the solution again, and repeated his operation of shaking off the drops and letting the film of acid work.

Several learned writers have strenuously labored to prove that the ground secret of the Mysteries, the grand thing revealed in them, was the doctrine of apotheosis, shaking the established theology by unmasking the historic fact that all the gods were merely deified men.

To cleanse out the passages previous to applying the Catarrh Remedy fluid, take one quart of soft water, add to it two large tablespoonfuls of common salt, and shake it up occasionally until all is dissolved.

He lit another arette, his hand shaking a little as he lifted the match, then ptly he rose to his feet.

He eyebrowed for amplification, but after a moment she shook her head, dismissing something for which she could find no words.

And shaking hands with me now will steer you arse over astragal into the salt mine.

After a startled moment, the banksman took it, gave a hasty shake, then touched the brim of his hat.

They landed upon the farthest shore under a tall red cliff of stone, and Barca Hamilcar died of the shaking fever which he had carried with him from the pestilential lands of the north.