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shock1 US English

A sudden upsetting or surprising event or experience

shock2 US English

A group of twelve sheaves of grain placed upright and supporting each other to allow the grain to dry and ripen

shock3 US English

An unkempt or thick mass of hair

shock1 US Thesaurus

the news came as a shock

shock2 US Thesaurus

a shock of red hair

shell shock US English

Psychological disturbance caused by prolonged exposure to active warfare, especially being under bombardment

shock cord US English

Heavy elasticized cord; bungee cord

shock jock US English

A disc jockey on a talk-radio show who expresses opinions in a deliberately offensive or provocative way

shock stall US English

A marked increase in drag and a loss of lift and control on an aircraft approaching the speed of sound

shock wave US English

A sharp change of pressure in a narrow region traveling through a medium, especially air, caused by explosion or by a body moving faster than sound

culture shock US English

The feeling of disorientation experienced by someone who is suddenly subjected to an unfamiliar culture, way of life, or set of attitudes

future shock US English

A state of distress or disorientation due to rapid social or technological change

insulin shock US English

An acute physiological condition resulting from excess insulin in the blood, involving low blood sugar, weakness, convulsions, and potentially coma

shock brigade US English

(In the former Soviet Union) a body of workers who exceeded production quotas and were assigned to an especially urgent or arduous task

shock-horror US English

Causing great public outrage

shock tactic US English

A strategy that uses violent or extreme action or imagery to shock someone into doing something

shock therapy US English

Treatment of chronic mental conditions by electroconvulsive therapy or by inducing physiological shock

shock troops US English

A group of soldiers trained specially for carrying out a sudden assault

shock worker US English

(In the former Soviet Union) a worker whose group exceeded production quotas and was assigned to a particularly urgent or arduous task

sticker shock US English

Shock or dismay experienced by the potential buyers of a particular product on discovering its high or increased price

thermal shock US English

A sudden temperature fluctuation causing stress in an object or substance

acoustic shock US English

Damaged hearing suffered by the user of a listening device as a result of sudden excessive noise

electric shock US English

A sudden discharge of electricity through a part of the body

shock absorber US English

A device for absorbing jolts and vibrations, especially on a motor vehicle

anaphylactic shock US English

An extreme, often life-threatening allergic reaction to an antigen to which the body has become hypersensitive

heat-shock protein US English

A protein induced in a living cell in response to a rise in temperature above the normal level

toxic shock syndrome US English

Acute septicemia in women, typically caused by bacterial infection from a retained tampon or IUD

aftershock US English

A smaller earthquake following the main shock of a large earthquake

shockheaded US English

Having thick, shaggy, and unkempt hair

shockproof US English

Designed to resist damage when dropped or knocked

shock waves in shock wave US English

A widespread feeling of shock caused by an unexpected event

electroshock US English

Of or relating to medical treatment by means of electric shocks

shock treatment in shock therapy US English

Treatment of chronic mental conditions by electroconvulsive therapy or by inducing physiological shock