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Meaning of shock

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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

      n 1: the feeling of distress and disbelief that you have when
           something bad happens accidentally; "his mother's death
           left him in a daze"; "he was numb with shock" [syn: {daze},
           {shock}, {stupor}]
      2: the violent interaction of individuals or groups entering
         into combat; "the armies met in the shock of battle" [syn:
         {shock}, {impact}]
      3: a reflex response to the passage of electric current through
         the body; "subjects received a small electric shock when they
         made the wrong response"; "electricians get accustomed to
         occasional shocks" [syn: {electric shock}, {electrical
         shock}, {shock}]
      4: (pathology) bodily collapse or near collapse caused by
         inadequate oxygen delivery to the cells; characterized by
         reduced cardiac output and rapid heartbeat and circulatory
         insufficiency and pallor; "loss of blood is an important
         cause of shock"
      5: an instance of agitation of the earth's crust; "the first
         shock of the earthquake came shortly after noon while workers
         were at lunch" [syn: {shock}, {seismic disturbance}]
      6: an unpleasant or disappointing surprise; "it came as a shock
         to learn that he was injured" [syn: {shock}, {blow}]
      7: a pile of sheaves of grain set on end in a field to dry;
         stalks of Indian corn set up in a field; "corn is bound in
         small sheaves and several sheaves are set up together in
         shocks"; "whole fields of wheat in shock"
      8: a bushy thick mass (especially hair); "he had an unruly shock
         of black hair"
      9: a sudden jarring impact; "the door closed with a jolt"; "all
         the jars and jolts were smoothed out by the shock absorbers"
         [syn: {jolt}, {jar}, {jounce}, {shock}]
      10: a mechanical damper; absorbs energy of sudden impulses; "the
          old car needed a new set of shocks" [syn: {shock absorber},
          {shock}, {cushion}]
      v 1: surprise greatly; knock someone's socks off; "I was floored
           when I heard that I was promoted" [syn: {shock}, {floor},
           {ball over}, {blow out of the water}, {take aback}]
      2: strike with disgust or revulsion; "The scandalous behavior of
         this married woman shocked her friends" [syn: {shock},
         {offend}, {scandalize}, {scandalise}, {appal}, {appall},
      3: strike with horror or terror; "The news of the bombing
         shocked her"
      4: collide violently
      5: collect or gather into shocks; "shock grain"
      6: subject to electrical shocks
      7: inflict a trauma upon [syn: {traumatize}, {traumatise},

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