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.
- A trembling or shaking.
- We felt a quake in the apartment every time the train went by.
- An earthquake, a trembling of the ground with force.
- California is plagued by quakes; there are a few minor ones almost every month.
(third-person singular simple present quakes, present participle quaking, simple past and past participle quaked or (archaic) quoke or (obsolete) quook)
From Middle English quaken, from Old English cwacian (“to quake, tremble, chatter”), from Proto-Germanic *kwakōną (“to shake, quiver, tremble”), from Proto-Indo-European *gʷog- (“to shake, swing”), related to Old English cweccan (“to shake, swing, move, vibrate, shake off, give up”) (see quitch), Eastern Frisian kwakkelje (“to flounder, limp”), Dutch kwakkelen (“to ail, be ailing”), German Quackelei (“chattering”), Danish kvakle (“to bungle”), Latin vēxō (“toss, shake violently, jostle, vex”), Irish bogadh (“a move, movement, shift, change”).