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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A set of parts for assembling a barrel or packing box.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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.
  • noun A double-pointed hook with the points turned in opposite directions.
  • To pack in shooks.
  • noun Preterit of shake.
  • noun Same as shock, 1.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • imp. & obs. or poet. p. p. of shake.
  • noun A set of staves and headings sufficient in number for one hogshead, cask, barrel, or the like, trimmed, and bound together in compact form.
  • noun A set of boards for a sugar box.
  • noun The parts of a piece of house furniture, as a bedstead, packed together.
  • transitive verb To pack, as staves, in a shook.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A set of pieces for making a cask or box, usually wood.
  • verb To pack (staves, etc.) in a shook.
  • verb Simple past of shake.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a disassembled barrel; the parts packed for storage or shipment

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[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.]

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