electric shock

electric shock
1. the use of electricity to administer punishment or torture (Freq. 1)

they used cattle prods to administer electric shocks

Hypernyms: ↑corporal punishment, ↑torture, ↑torturing
2. trauma caused by the passage of electric current through the body (as from contact with high voltage lines or being struck by lightning); usually involves burns and abnormal heart rhythm and unconsciousness
Hypernyms: ↑injury, ↑hurt, ↑harm, ↑trauma
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: ↑electrical shock, ↑shock
Derivationally related forms: ↑shock (for: ↑shock)

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eˌlectric ˈshock [electric shock] (also shock) noun
a sudden painful feeling that you get when electricity passes through your body

I got an electric shock from that light switch.

See also:shock

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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