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Noun: shock  shók
  1. The feeling of distress and disbelief that you have when something bad happens accidentally
    "he was numb with shock";
    - daze, stupor
     
  2. The violent interaction of individuals or groups entering into combat
    "the armies met in the shock of battle";
    - impact
     
  3. A reflex response to the passage of electric current through the body
    "subjects received a small electric shock when they made the wrong response"; "electricians get accustomed to occasional shocks"; "subjects received a small electrical shock when they made the wrong response";
    - 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";
    - seismic disturbance
     
  6. An unpleasant or disappointing surprise
    "it came as a shock to learn that he was injured";
    - 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 sheaves and several sheaves 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 sudden jarring impact
    "all the jars and jolts were smoothed out by the shock absorbers";
    - jolt, jar, jounce
     
  10. A mechanical damper; absorbs energy of sudden impulses
    "the old car needed a new set of shocks";
    - shock absorber, cushion, damper
Verb: shock  shók
  1. Greatly surprise
    "I was shocked when I heard that I was promoted";
    - floor, ball over, blow out of the water, take aback
     
  2. Strike with disgust or revulsion
    "The scandalous behaviour of this married woman shocked her friends";
    - offend, scandalize, scandalise [Brit], appal [Brit, Cdn], appall [US], 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
    - traumatize, traumatise [Brit]

Derived forms: shocked, shocking, shocks

Type of: agglomerate, alarm, appal [Brit, Cdn], appall [US], blow, bump, care for, churn up, clash, collapse, collect, collide, combat, cumulation, cumulus, damper, disgust, dismay, earthquake, fight, fighting, garner, gather, heap, horrify, inborn reflex, injure, innate reflex, instinctive reflex, mass, mound, muffler, nauseate, physiological reaction, pile, prostration, pull together, quake, reflex, reflex action, reflex response, revolt, scrap, seism, sicken, stupefaction, surprise, temblor, treat, unconditioned reflex, wound

Part of: suspension, suspension system

Encyclopedia: Shock, West Virginia