Noun Definition


1.Definition: (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"

Category: General

2.Definition: a bushy thick mass (especially hair)

"He had an unruly shock of black hair"

Category: General

3.Definition: a mechanical damper; absorbs energy of sudden impulses

"The old car needed a new set of shocks"

Related Noun(s):cushion

Category: Objects

4.Definition: 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"

Category: General

5.Definition: a reflex response to the passage of electric current through the body

"Subjects received a small electric shock when they made the wrong response", "Electricians get accustomed to occasional shocks"

Category: General

6.Definition: a sudden jarring impact

"The door closed with a jolt", "All the jars and jolts were smoothed out by the shock absorbers"

Related Noun(s):jar, jolt, jounce

Category: General

7.Definition: an instance of agitation of the earth's crust

"The first shock of the earthquake came shortly after noon while workers were at lunch"

Category: General

8.Definition: an unpleasant or disappointing surprise

"It came as a shock to learn that he was injured"

Related Noun(s):blow

Category: General

9.Definition: 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"

Related Noun(s):daze, stupor

Category: Feelings

10.Definition: the violent interaction of individuals or groups entering into combat

"The armies met in the shock of battle"

Related Noun(s):impact

Category: General