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shock

Noun

1 the feeling of distress and disbelief that you have when something bad happens accidentally; "his mother's deathleft him in a daze"; "he was numb with shock" [syn: daze, stupor]
2 the violent interaction of individuals or groups entering into combat; "the armies met in the shock of battle" [syn: impact]
3 a reflex response to the passage of electric current through the body; "subjects received a small electric shock when they mae the wrong response"; "electricians get accustomed to occasional shocks" [syn: electric shock, electrical shock]
4 (pathology) bodily collapse or near collapse caused by inadequate oxygen delivery to the cells; characterized by reduced cardiac output and rapid heartbeat and circulatory insufficiency and pallor; "loss of blood is an important cause of shock"
5 an instance of agitation of the earth's crust; "the first shock of the earthquake came shortly after noon while workers were at lunch" [syn: seismic disturbance]
6 an unpleasant or disappointing surprise; "it came as a shock to learn that he was injured" [syn: blow]
7 a pile of sheaves of grain set on end in a field to dry; stalks of Indian corn set up in a field; "corn is bound in small sheeves and several sheeves are set up together in shocks"; "whole fields of wheat in shock"
8 a bushy thick mass (especially hair); "he had an unruly shock of black hair"
9 a mechanical damper; absorbs energy of sudden impulses; "the old car needed a new set of shocks" [syn: shock absorber, cushion]

Verb

1 surprise greatly; knock someone's socks off; "I was floored when I heard that I was promoted" [syn: stun, floor, ball over, blow out of the water, take aback]
2 strike with disgust or revulsion; "The scandalous behavior of this married woman shocked her friends" [syn: offend, scandalize, scandalise, appal, appall, outrage]
3 strike with horror or terror; "The news of the bombing shocked her"
4 collide violently
5 collect or gather into shocks; "shock grain"
6 subject to electrical shocks
7 inflict a trauma upon [syn: traumatize, traumatise]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

  • /ʃɒk/
  • Rhymes: -ɒk

Noun

  1. Sudden, heavy impact.
  2. Something so surprising that it is stunning.
  3. More fully electric shock, a sudden burst of electric energy, hitting an animate animal such as a human.
  4. A life-threatening medical emergency characterized by the inability of the circulatory system to supply enough oxygen to meet tissue requirements.
  5. A tuft or bunch of something (ie - hair, grass)
  6. An arrangement of sheaves for drying. A stook.

Translations

life-threatening medical emergency
  • Czech: šok

Verb

  1. Caused to be emotionally shocked.
  2. Give an electric shock.

Translations

caused to be emotionally shocked
  • German: schockieren
give an electric shock

Extensive Definition

Shock may refer to:
In the arts:
shock in Modern Greek (1453-): Σοκ
shock in French: Choc
shock in Ido: Shoko
shock in Portuguese: Choque
shock in Swedish: Chock

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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