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  • noun
    A sudden upsetting or surprising event or experience. (it was a shock to face such hostile attitudes when I arrived)
    An acute medical condition associated with a fall in blood pressure, caused by such events as loss of blood, severe burns, bacterial infection, allergic reaction, or sudden emotional stress, and marked by cold, pallid skin, irregular breathing, rapid pulse, and dilated pupils. (he died of shock due to massive abdominal hemorrhage)
    A violent shaking movement caused by an impact, explosion, or tremor. (earthquake shocks)
    short for shock absorber
    Cause (someone) to feel surprised and upset. (she was shocked at the state of his injuries)
    Affect with physiological shock, or with an electric shock. (if a patient is deeply shocked, measurement of blood pressure may be difficult)
    Collide violently. (carriage after carriage shocked fiercely against the engine)
  • noun
    A group of twelve sheaves of grain placed upright and supporting each other to allow the grain to dry and ripen.
  • noun
    An unkempt or thick mass of hair. (a slender man with an untamable shock of black hair)


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