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SHOCK, n.

1. A violent collision of bodies, or the concussion which it occasions; a viosent striking or dashing against.

The strong unshaken mounds resist the shocks

Of tides and seas. Blackmore.

2. Violent onset; conflict of contending armies or foes.

He stood the shock of a whole host of foes. Addison.

3. External violence; as the shocks of fortune.

4. Offense; impression of disgust.

Fewer shocks a staesman gives his friend. Young.

5. In electricity, the effect on the animal system of a discharge of the fluid from a charged body.

6. A pile of sheaves of wheat, rey, &c.

And cause it on shocks to be by and by set. Tusser.

Behind th emaster walks, builds up th eshocks. Thomson.

7. In New England, the number of sixteen sheaves of wheat, rye, &c. [This is the sense in which this word is generally used with us.]

8. A dog with long rough hair or shag. [from shag.]

SHOCK, v.t.

1. To shake by the sudden collision of a body.

2. To meet with force; to encounter.

3. To strike, as with horror or disgust; to cause to recoil, as from something odious or horrible; to offend extremely; to disgust. I was shocked at the sight of so much misery. A void everything that can shock the feelings of delicacy.

Advise him not to shock a father's will. Dryden.

SHOCK, v.i. To collect sheaves into a pile; to pile sheaves.




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SHOCK, n.

1. A violent collision of bodies, or the concussion which it occasions; a viosent striking or dashing against.

The strong unshaken mounds resist the shocks

Of tides and seas. Blackmore.

2. Violent onset; conflict of contending armies or foes.

He stood the shock of a whole host of foes. Addison.

3. External violence; as the shocks of fortune.

4. Offense; impression of disgust.

Fewer shocks a staesman gives his friend. Young.

5. In electricity, the effect on the animal system of a discharge of the fluid from a charged body.

6. A pile of sheaves of wheat, rey, &c.

And cause it on shocks to be by and by set. Tusser.

Behind th emaster walks, builds up th eshocks. Thomson.

7. In New England, the number of sixteen sheaves of wheat, rye, &c. [This is the sense in which this word is generally used with us.]

8. A dog with long rough hair or shag. [from shag.]

SHOCK, v.t.

1. To shake by the sudden collision of a body.

2. To meet with force; to encounter.

3. To strike, as with horror or disgust; to cause to recoil, as from something odious or horrible; to offend extremely; to disgust. I was shocked at the sight of so much misery. A void everything that can shock the feelings of delicacy.

Advise him not to shock a father's will. Dryden.

SHOCK, v.i. To collect sheaves into a pile; to pile sheaves.


SHOCK, n. [D. schok, a bounce, jolt or leap; Fr. choc, a striking or dashing against. See Shake.]

  1. A violent collision of bodies, or the concussion which it occasions; a violent striking or dashing against. The strong unshaken mounds resist the shocks / Of tides and seas. – Blackmore.
  2. Violent onset; conflict of contending armies or foes. He stood the shock of a whole host of foes. – Addison.
  3. External violence; as, the shocks of fortune. – Addison.
  4. Offense; impression of disgust. Fewer shocks a statesman gives his friend. – Young.
  5. In electricity, the effect on the animal system of a discharge of the fluid from a charged body.
  6. A pile of sheaves of wheat, rye, &c. And cause it on shocks to be by and by set. – Tusser. Behind the master walks, builds up the shocks. Thomson.
  7. In New England, the number of sixteen sheaves of wheat, rye, &c. [This is the sense in which this word is generally used with us.]
  8. A dog with long rough hair or shag. [from shag.]

SHOCK, v.i.

To collect sheaves into a pile; to pile sheaves. – Tusser.


SHOCK, v.t. [D. schokken; Fr. choquer.]

  1. To shake by the sudden collision of a body.
  2. To meet force with force; to encounter. – Shak.
  3. To strike, as with horror or disgust; to cause to recoil, as from something odious or horrible; to offend extremely; to disgust; I was shocked at the sight of so much misery. Avoid every thing that can shock the feelings of delicacy. Advise him not to shock a father's will. – Dryden.

Shock
  1. A pile or assemblage of sheaves of grain, as wheat, rye, or the like, set up in a field, the sheaves varying in number from twelve to sixteen; a stook.

    And cause it on shocks to be by and by set. Tusser.

    Behind the master walks, builds up the shocks. Thomson.

  2. To collect, or make up, into a shock or shocks; to stook; as, to shock rye.
  3. To be occupied with making shocks.

    Reap well, scatter not, gather clean that is shorn,
    Bind fast, shock apace.
    Tusser.

  4. A quivering or shaking which is the effect of a blow, collision, or violent impulse; a blow, impact, or collision; a concussion; a sudden violent impulse or onset.

    These strong, unshaken mounds resist the shocks
    Of tides and seas tempestuous.
    Blackmore.

    He stood the shock of a whole host of foes. Addison.

  5. To give a shock to] to cause to shake or waver; hence, to strike against suddenly; to encounter with violence.

    Come the three corners of the world in arms,
    And we shall shock them.
    Shak.

    I shall never forget the force with which he shocked De Vipont. Sir W. Scott.

  6. To meet with a shock; to meet in violent encounter.

    "They saw the moment approach when the two parties would shock together." De Quincey.
  7. A dog with long hair or shag; -- called also shockdog.
  8. Bushy; shaggy; as, a shock hair.

    His red shock peruke . . . was laid aside. Sir W. Scott.

  9. To subject to the action of an electrical discharge so as to cause a more or less violent depression or commotion of the nervous system.
  10. A lot consisting of sixty pieces; -- a term applied in some Baltic ports to loose goods.
  11. A sudden agitation of the mind or feelings; a sensation of pleasure or pain caused by something unexpected or overpowering; also, a sudden agitating or overpowering event.

    "A shock of pleasure." Talfourd.
  12. To strike with surprise, terror, horror, or disgust; to cause to recoil; as, his violence shocked his associates.

    Advise him not to shock a father's will. Dryden.

  13. A thick mass of bushy hair; as, a head covered with a shock of sandy hair.
  14. A sudden depression of the vital forces of the entire body, or of a port of it, marking some profound impression produced upon the nervous system, as by severe injury, overpowering emotion, or the like.
  15. The sudden convulsion or contraction of the muscles, with the feeling of a concussion, caused by the discharge, through the animal system, of electricity from a charged body.

    Syn. -- Concussion, Shock. Both words signify a sudden violent shaking caused by impact or colision; but concussion is restricted in use to matter, while shock is used also of mental states.

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Shock

SHOCK, noun

1. A violent collision of bodies, or the concussion which it occasions; a viosent striking or dashing against.

The strong unshaken mounds resist the shocks

Of tides and seas. Blackmore.

2. Violent onset; conflict of contending armies or foes.

He stood the shock of a whole host of foes. Addison.

3. External violence; as the shocks of fortune.

4. Offense; impression of disgust.

Fewer shocks a staesman gives his friend. Young.

5. In electricity, the effect on the animal system of a discharge of the fluid from a charged body.

6. A pile of sheaves of wheat, rey, etc.

And cause it on shocks to be by and by set. Tusser.

Behind th emaster walks, builds up th eshocks. Thomson.

7. In New England, the number of sixteen sheaves of wheat, rye, etc. [This is the sense in which this word is generally used with us.]

8. A dog with long rough hair or shag. [from shag.]

SHOCK, verb transitive

1. To shake by the sudden collision of a body.

2. To meet with force; to encounter.

3. To strike, as with horror or disgust; to cause to recoil, as from something odious or horrible; to offend extremely; to disgust. I was shocked at the sight of so much misery. A void everything that can shock the feelings of delicacy.

Advise him not to shock a father's will. Dryden.

SHOCK, verb intransitive To collect sheaves into a pile; to pile sheaves.

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