American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A set of parts for assembling a barrel or packing box.
- v. Past tense of shake.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Preterit of shake.
- n. A set of staves and headings sufficient for one hogshead, barrel, or the like, prepared for use and bound up in a compact form for convenience of transport. Boards for boxes prepared or fitted for use and packed in the same way bear the same name.
- To pack in shooks.
- n. Same as shock, 1.
- n. A double-pointed hook with the points turned in opposite directions.
- n. A set of pieces for making a cask or box, usually wood.
- v. To pack (staves, etc.) in a shook.
- v. Simple past of shake.
GNU Webster's 1913
- imp. & obs. or poet. p. p. of shake.
- n. A set of staves and headings sufficient in number for one hogshead, cask, barrel, or the like, trimmed, and bound together in compact form.
- n. A set of boards for a sugar box.
- n. The parts of a piece of house furniture, as a bedstead, packed together.
- v. To pack, as staves, in a shook.
- n. a disassembled barrel; the parts packed for storage or shipment
- Probably from shook cask, variant of shaken cask, cask broken down for shipment, from shaken, dismantled and packed for transport, past participle of shake, to scatter, shed. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The sound of my name shook my concentration, and I blinked once.”
“The depth of pain and confusion in his expression shook her.”
“And Martin shook the vision from his brain, smiled, and began to speak.”
“Martin shook his head with a smile, but in his secret heart he was wondering why any man wanted to marry.”
“Martin shook his head, but he had failed to keep back the wolfish, hungry look that leapt into his eyes at the suggestion of dinner.”
“The captain shook it, and was reluctant to let go.”
“McCain shook it, but with a “go away” look that no one could miss.”
“Mr. McCain shook up his campaign last week, putting Steve Schmidt in charge.”
“But Palin shook off the victim mantle by coming out swinging, by tearing into Barack Obama with glee, teeth bared like a Rudy Giuliani in heels.”
“The pole, I swear, shook from the impact, and Gene and I looked at each other with a mixture of awe and terror.”
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