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Dictionary definition for: Shock

1. (n) the feeling of distress and disbelief that you have when something bad happens accidentally; "his mother''s deathleft him in a daze" "he was numb with shock"

2. (v) surprise greatly; knock someone''s socks off; "I was floored when I heard that I was promoted"

3. (n) the violent interaction of individuals or groups entering into combat; "the armies met in the shock of battle"

4. (v) strike with disgust or revulsion; "The scandalous behavior of this married woman shocked her friends"

5. (n) a reflex response to the passage of electric current through the body; "subjects received a small electric shock when they mae the wrong response" "electricians get accustomed to occasional shocks"

6. (v) strike with horror or terror; "The news of the bombing shocked her"

7. (n) (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"

8. (v) collide violently

9. (n) an instance of agitation of the earth''s crust; "the first shock of the earthquake came shortly after noon while workers were at lunch"

10. (v) collect or gather into shocks; "shock grain"

11. (n) an unpleasant or disappointing surprise; "it came as a shock to learn that he was injured"

12. (v) subject to electrical shocks

13. (n) 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 sheeves and several sheeves are set up together in shocks" "whole fields of wheat in shock"

14. (v) inflict a trauma upon

15. (n) a bushy thick mass (especially hair) "he had an unruly shock of black hair"

16. (n) a mechanical damper; absorbs energy of sudden impulses; "the old car needed a new set of shocks"

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