This seismograh measures the motion of a quake.
intransitive verbquaked quaked, quak·ing, quakes
- To shake or tremble, as from instability or shock.
- To shiver or shudder, as with cold or from strong emotion. See Synonyms at shake.
- An instance of quaking.
- An earthquake.
Origin of quakeMiddle English quaken, from Old English cwacian.
From Middle English quaken, from Old English cwacian (â€œto quake, tremble, chatterâ€), from Proto-Germanic *kwakÅnÄ… (â€œto shake, quiver, trembleâ€), from Proto-Indo-European *gÊ·og- (â€œto shake, swingâ€), related to Old English cweccan (â€œto shake, swing, move, vibrate, shake off, give upâ€) (see quitch), Eastern Frisian kwakkelje (â€œto flounder, limpâ€), Dutch kwakkelen (â€œto ail, be ailingâ€), German Quackelei (â€œchatteringâ€), Danish kvakle (â€œto bungleâ€), Latin vÄ“xÅ (â€œtoss, shake violently, jostle, vexâ€), Irish bogadh (â€œa move, movement, shift, changeâ€).