Definition of Shakes
1. Noun. (plurale tantum) A pattern of behavior including twitches, tics and spasms typical of withdrawal from addiction; usually following ''the''. ¹
2. Noun. (plural of shake) ¹
3. Verb. (third-person singular of shake) ¹
¹ Source: wiktionary.com
Definition of Shakes
1. shake [v] - See also: shake
Medical Definition of Shakes
1. The vernacular term for a paroxysm associated with an intermittent fever. (05 Mar 2000)
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Literary usage of Shakes
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. A Dictionary of Slang, Jargon & Cant: Embracing English, American, and Anglo by Albert Barrère, Charles Godfrey Leland (1890)
"Provincial English shakes, a bargain. shakes (common), no great shakes, not much, of a poor description, not up to much. Will Douglas, no great shakes at ..."
2. Grove's Dictionary of Music and Musicians by George Grove (1908)
"A series of shakes ascending or descending either diatonically or chromatically is called a Chain of shakes (Ital. Catena di Trille ; Ger. ..."
3. The Technique of the Modern Orchestra: A Manual of Practical Instrumentation by Charles Marie Widor (1906)
"shakes and Tremolos. 12:—From Double B? to Double F no shakes are possible, save the two following: From ... Complete List of shakes. Impossible. =|E Good. ..."
4. Building Construction and Superintendence by Frank Eugene Kidder (1915)
"shakes. When large trees are converted into timber, parts of boards or planks ... This separation of the wood is due to "shakes" which are formed in the ..."
5. An American Glossary by Richard Hopwood Thornton (1912)
"shakes, the. A section of country bordering on the Mississippi, ... shakes, great. Of great consequence. The term has been referred to tho Arabic ..."
6. Irish Literature by Justin McCarthy, Maurice Francis Egan, Douglas Hyde, Charles Welsh, Gregory, James Jeffrey Roche (1904)
"THE WIND THAT shakes THE BARLEY. I sat within the valley green, ... and morning early, With breaking heart where'er I hear The wind that shakes the barley! ..."