from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Slang Extortion of money, as by blackmail.
- n. Slang A thorough search of a place or person.
- n. A period of appraisal followed by adjustments to improve efficiency or functioning.
- adj. Serving to test the performance of a ship or aircraft and to familiarize the crew with operation of the craft: a shakedown cruise; a shakedown flight.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Extortion, especially through blackmail
- n. A thorough search; a frisk
- n. A trial or test period, especially of a ship or aircraft
- n. An improvised bed.
- adj. that tests the performance of a ship or aircraft
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A temporary substitute for a bed, as one made on the floor or on chairs; -- perhaps originally from the shaking down of straw for this purpose.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A temporary bed made by shaking down or spreading hay, rushes, or the like, or also quilts or a mattress, with coverings, on the floor, on a table, etc.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a very thorough search of a person or a place
- n. extortion of money (as by blackmail)
- adj. intended to test a new system under operating conditions and to familiarize the operators with the system
- n. initial adjustments to improve the functioning or the efficiency and to bring to a more satisfactory state
shake + down, from the phrase "shake down". (Wiktionary)