Definition of shock (Entry 1 of 6)

  • 1a(1) : a sudden or violent mental or emotional disturbance
  • (2) : a disturbance in the equilibrium or permanence of something
    • b : something that causes such disturbance¬†// the loss came as a shock
    • c : a state of being so disturbed // were in shock after they heard the news
  • 2 : a state of profound depression of the vital processes associated with reduced blood volume and pressure and caused usually by severe especially crushing injuries, hemorrhage, or burns
  • 3 : sudden stimulation of the nerves and convulsive contraction of the muscles caused by the discharge of electricity through the animal body

Source: Merriam-Webster

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