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Definition 1: a reflex response to the passage of electric current through the body - [noun denoting act]

Samples where shock or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • subjects received a small electric shock when they made the wrong response
  • electricians get accustomed to occasional shocks

Synonyms for shock in the sense of this definition

(shock is a kind of ...) an automatic instinctive unlearned reaction to a stimulus

Definition 2: the violent interaction of individuals or groups entering into combat - [noun denoting act]

Samples where shock or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the armies met in the shock of battle

Synonyms for shock in the sense of this definition

(shock is a kind of ...) the act of fighting; any contest or struggle

"a fight broke out at the hockey game" "there was fighting in the streets" "the unhappy couple got into a terrible scrap"

Definition 3: a mechanical damper; absorbs energy of sudden impulses - [noun denoting artifact]

Samples where shock or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the old car needed a new set of shocks

Synonyms for shock in the sense of this definition

(shock is a kind of ...) a device that decreases the amplitude of electronic, mechanical, acoustical, or aerodynamic oscillations

(... is a kind of shock ) a mechanical device using confined air to absorb the shock of motion

(... is part of shock) a mechanical system of springs or shock absorbers connecting the wheels and axles to the chassis of a wheeled vehicle

Definition 4: an instance of agitation of the earth's crust - [noun denoting event]

Samples where shock or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the first shock of the earthquake came shortly after noon while workers were at lunch

Synonyms for shock in the sense of this definition

(shock is a kind of ...) shaking and vibration at the surface of the earth resulting from underground movement along a fault plane or from volcanic activity

Definition 5: an unpleasant or disappointing surprise - [noun denoting event]

Samples where shock or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • it came as a shock to learn that he was injured

Synonyms for shock in the sense of this definition

(shock is a kind of ...) a sudden unexpected event

(... is a kind of shock ) a sudden minor shock or meaningless interruption

"the market had one bad blip today" "you can't react to the day-to-day blips" "renewed jitters in the wake of a blip in retail sales"

Definition 6: a sudden jarring impact - [noun denoting event]

Samples where shock or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the door closed with a jolt
  • all the jars and jolts were smoothed out by the shock absorbers

Synonyms for shock in the sense of this definition

(shock is a kind of ...) an impact (as from a collision)

"the bump threw him off the bicycle"

Definition 7: the feeling of distress and disbelief that you have when something bad happens accidentally - [noun denoting feeling]

Samples where shock or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • his mother's death left him in a daze
  • he was numb with shock

Synonyms for shock in the sense of this definition

(shock is a kind of ...) a feeling of stupefied astonishment

Definition 8: a pile of sheaves of grain set on end in a field to dry; stalks of Indian corn set up in a field - [noun denoting group]

Samples where shock or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • corn is bound in small sheaves and several sheaves are set up together in shocks
  • whole fields of wheat in shock

(shock is a kind of ...) a collection of objects laid on top of each other

Definition 9: a bushy thick mass (especially hair) - [noun denoting group]

Samples where shock or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he had an unruly shock of black hair

(shock is a kind of ...) an ill-structured collection of similar things (objects or people)

Definition 10: (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 - [noun denoting state]

Samples where shock or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • loss of blood is an important cause of shock

(shock is a kind of ...) an abrupt failure of function or complete physical exhaustion

"the commander's prostration demoralized his men"

(... is a kind of shock ) shock caused by cardiac arrest

(... is a kind of shock ) shock caused by severe blood or fluid loss

(... is a kind of shock ) shock caused by obstruction of blood flow

(... is a kind of shock ) shock caused by poor distribution of the blood flow

(... is a kind of shock ) hypoglycemia produced by excessive insulin in the system causing coma

(shock belongs to category ...) the branch of medical science that studies the causes and nature and effects of diseases

Definition 11: inflict a trauma upon - [verb of body]

Synonyms for shock in the sense of this definition

(shock is a kind of ...) cause injuries or bodily harm to

Definition 12: subject to electrical shocks - [verb of body]

(shock is a kind of ...) provide treatment for

"The doctor treated my broken leg" "The nurses cared for the bomb victims" "The patient must be treated right away or she will die" "Treat the infection with antibiotics"

(... is a kind of shock ) stimulate (muscles) by administering a shock

Definition 13: collect or gather into shocks - [verb of contact]

Samples where shock or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • shock grain

(shock is a kind of ...) assemble or get together

"gather some stones" "pull your thoughts together"

Definition 14: collide violently - [verb of contact]

(shock is a kind of ...) crash together with violent impact

"The cars collided" "Two meteors clashed"

Definition 15: strike with horror or terror - [verb of emotion]

Samples where shock or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The news of the bombing shocked her

(shock is a kind of ...) fill with apprehension or alarm; cause to be unpleasantly surprised

"I was horrified at the thought of being late for my interview" "The news of the executions horrified us"

Definition 16: surprise greatly; knock someone's socks off - [verb of emotion]

Samples where shock or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • I was floored when I heard that I was promoted

Synonyms for shock in the sense of this definition

(shock is a kind of ...) cause to be surprised

"The news really surprised me"

(... is a kind of shock ) to stimulate to action

"the loud noise startled him awake" "galvanized into action"

Definition 17: strike with disgust or revulsion - [verb of emotion]

Samples where shock or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The scandalous behavior of this married woman shocked her friends

Synonyms for shock in the sense of this definition

(shock is a kind of ...) cause aversion in; offend the moral sense of

"The pornographic pictures sickened us"

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