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quake / kwāk/ • v. [intr.] (esp. of the earth) shake or tremble: the rumbling vibrations set the whole valley quaking. ∎  (of a person) shake or shudder with fear: those words should have them quaking in their boots. • n. inf. an earthquake. ∎  [usu. in sing.] an act of shaking or quaking. DERIVATIVES: quak·y adj. (quak·i·er , quak·i·est ) .

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