- An earthquake, a trembling of the ground with force.
"California is plagued by quakes; there are a few minor ones almost every month."
- A trembling or shaking.
"We felt a quake in the apartment every time the train went by."
- (intransitive) To tremble or shake.
"I felt the ground quaking beneath my feet."
- (transitive, obsolete) To cause to tremble or shake.