[ UK /ʃˈɒk/ ]
[ US /ˈʃɑk/ ]
  1. strike with horror or terror
    The news of the bombing shocked her
  2. collect or gather into shocks
    shock grain
  3. collide violently
  4. subject to electrical shocks
  5. inflict a trauma upon
  6. strike with disgust or revulsion
    The scandalous behavior of this married woman shocked her friends
  7. surprise greatly; knock someone's socks off
    I was floored when I heard that I was promoted
  1. a sudden jarring impact
    all the jars and jolts were smoothed out by the shock absorbers
    the door closed with a jolt
  2. an unpleasant or disappointing surprise
    it came as a shock to learn that he was injured
  3. 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
  4. an instance of agitation of the earth's crust
    the first shock of the earthquake came shortly after noon while workers were at lunch
  5. a mechanical damper; absorbs energy of sudden impulses
    the old car needed a new set of shocks
  6. the violent interaction of individuals or groups entering into combat
    the armies met in the shock of battle
  7. a bushy thick mass (especially hair)
    he had an unruly shock of black hair
  8. 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
  9. (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
  10. a reflex response to the passage of electric current through the body
    electricians get accustomed to occasional shocks
    subjects received a small electric shock when they made the wrong response
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How To Use shock In A Sentence

  • Labour is naturally a bit shell-shocked finding itself out of office for the first time in 13 years. Times, Sunday Times
  • The front end of the Jaguar was on stands and two mechanics were fitting a new shock absorber. A QUESTION OF PRINCIPLE
  • The acrimony of the dispute has shocked a lot of people.
  • Shock,(sentence dictionary) horror! Carl James was seen talking to a woman and it wasn't his wife.
  • Since 1990, Bradley said two children besides Jessica have been admitted to the hospital with severe streptococcal toxic shock.
  • Among the refinements are five-way adjustable shocks, stiffer springs and a beefier antiroll bar lacing the rear end. A Boss on the Road With a Peon's Interior
  • The passengers were badly shocked but unharmed.
  • i saw mai friend donnies ex bf. hez a sweet guy! then tyler had to talk 2 me and wuz like "i like you" ... i wuz kinda in shock ya kno?!? zingerbabai Diary Entry
  • For one thing, it has withstood the shock of tighter fiscal policy. Times, Sunday Times
  • The media coverage was shocking.
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