The shakes

The shakes
Shake Shake, n. 1. The act or result of shaking; a vacillating or wavering motion; a rapid motion one way and other; a trembling, quaking, or shivering; agitation. [1913 Webster]

The great soldier's honor was composed Of thicker stuff, which could endure a shake. --Herbert. [1913 Webster]

Our salutations were very hearty on both sides, consisting of many kind shakes of the hand. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

2. A fissure or crack in timber, caused by its being dried too suddenly. --Gwilt. [1913 Webster]

3. A fissure in rock or earth. [1913 Webster]

4. (Mus.) A rapid alternation of a principal tone with another represented on the next degree of the staff above or below it; a trill. [1913 Webster]

5. (Naut.) One of the staves of a hogshead or barrel taken apart. --Totten. [1913 Webster]

6. A shook of staves and headings. --Knight. [1913 Webster]

7. (Zo["o]l.) The redshank; -- so called from the nodding of its head while on the ground. [Prov. Eng.] [1913 Webster]

{No great shakes}, of no great importance. [Slang] --Byron.

{The shakes}, the fever and ague. [Colloq. U.S.] [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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