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Definition of 'shock'

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  1. the feeling of distress and disbelief that you have when something bad happens accidentally; "his mother's death left him in a daze"; "he was numb with shock"
       Synonyms: daze stupor
  2. the violent interaction of individuals or groups entering into combat; "the armies met in the shock of battle"
       Synonyms: 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"
       Synonyms: 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"
       Synonyms: seismic disturbance
  6. an unpleasant or disappointing surprise; "it came as a shock to learn that he was injured"
       Synonyms: 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 mechanical damper; absorbs energy of sudden impulses; "the old car needed a new set of shocks"
       Synonyms: shock absorber cushion


  1. surprise greatly; knock someone's socks off; "I was floored when I heard that I was promoted"
       Synonyms: 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"
       Synonyms: 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
       Synonyms: traumatize traumatise

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