Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Trembling of the heart; trepidation; fear.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Trembling of the heart; trepidation; fear.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Trembling of the heart; fearfulness.

Etymologies

heart +‎ quake (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I've been looking for my little sister Evelyne Jean Francois since the heartquake.

    Looking for loved ones in Haiti

  • The one was that of breath drawn freely, of a respite, a reprieve, a heartquake escaped; for, indeed, she had begun to feel, as she neared the crisis, that the trial might pass her powers of endurance.

    Somehow Good

  • She knew, too, that that heartquake was upon her -- the one she had felt so glad to stave off that day upon the beach -- and that self-command had to be found in an emergency she might not have the strength to meet.

    Somehow Good

  • Demonstrations in support of fact against fancy have been periodical motives of earthquake and heartquake, under the two rigidly incumbent burdens of drifted tradition, which, throughout the history of humanity, during phases of languid thought, cover the vaults of searching fire that must at last try every man's work, what it is.

    On the Old Road Vol. 1 (of 2) A Collection of Miscellaneous Essays and Articles on Art and Literature

  • I rushed to the side of the boat, intending to fling myself on shore; but the wheels, as they began their revolutions, threw a dash of spray over me so cold -- so deadly cold, with the chill that will never leave those waters until Death be drowned in his own river -- that with a shiver and a heartquake I awoke.

    The Celestial Railroad

  • All the heartquake in Apple's voice goes down better that way.

    Pitchfork: Latest News

  • And therefore, Miriam, before it is too late, I mean to put faith in this awful heartquake which warns me henceforth to avoid you. "

    The Marble Faun - Volume 1 The Romance of Monte Beni

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