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  • a mechanical damper; absorbs energy of sudden impulses
    • the old car needed a new set of shocks
  • a sudden jarring impact
    • the door closed with a jolt
    • all the jars and jolts were smoothed out by the shock absorbers
  • a bushy thick mass (especially hair)
    • he had an unruly shock of black hair
  • 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
  • an unpleasant or disappointing surprise
    • it came as a shock to learn that he was injured
  • an instance of agitation of the earth's crust
    • the first shock of the earthquake came shortly after noon while workers were at lunch
  • (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
  • 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
  • the violent interaction of individuals or groups entering into combat
    • the armies met in the shock of battle
  • 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
  • inflict a trauma upon
  • subject to electrical shocks
  • collect or gather into shocks
    • shock grain
  • collide violently
  • strike with horror or terror
    • The news of the bombing shocked her
  • strike with disgust or revulsion
    • The scandalous behavior of this married woman shocked her friends
  • surprise greatly; knock someone's socks off
    • I was floored when I heard that I was promoted
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