/ˈæftɚˌʃɑːk, Brit ˈɑːftəˌʃɒk/ noun, pl -shocks [count]
: a smaller earthquake that occurs after a larger one

The first aftershock came just minutes after the earthquake.

— often used figuratively

He still suffers from the aftershocks of being laid off.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • af|ter|shock — «AF tuhr SHOK, AHF », noun. 1. a lesser shock coming after the main shock of an earthquake. 2. Figurative. any delayed effect; aftereffect: »the aftershock of dismissal …   Useful english dictionary

  • ter — ter; ter·a·con·ic; ter·a·cryl·ic; ter·a·glin; ter·aph; ter·as; ter·a·tism; ter·a·to·genesis; ter·a·to·gen·ic; ter·a·to·log·i·cal; ter·a·tol·o·gist; ter·a·tol·o·gy; ter·a·to·ma; ter·a·to·sis; ter·bi·um; ter·centennial; ter·centesimal; ter·ce·ron;… …   English syllables

  • shock — ice·shock·le; pho·to·shock; shock; shock·ing·ly; shock·ing·ness; sub·shock; coun·ter·shock; shock·er; …   English syllables

  • car|di|o|ver|ter — «km>AR dee oh VUR tuhr», noun. a device for restoring normal heartbeat by means of electric shock: »Electric current from the cardioverter being applied directly to a patient s heart by doctors at the National Heart Hospital, London (London… …   Useful english dictionary

  • é|pa|ter le bour|geois — «ay pa TAY luh bur ZHWAH», French. to shock the bourgeois: »He was an establishment figure but found it a pleasure and…a duty to épater le bourgeois (London Times) …   Useful english dictionary

  • lith|o|trip|ter — «LIHTH oh TRIHP tuhr», noun. a device that disintegrates stones in the kidney or gall bladder by means of high energy shock waves directed against the stones outside the body. ╂[< litho + Greek thrýptein to pulverize + English er1] …   Useful english dictionary

  • countershock — coun·ter·shock …   English syllables

  • countershock — An electric shock applied to the heart to terminate a disturbance of its rhythm. * * * coun·ter·shock .shäk n a therapeutic shock of electricity applied to a heart for the purpose of altering a disturbed rhythm (as in chronic atrial fibrillation) …   Medical dictionary

  • coun — ac·coun·tan·cy; back·coun·try; coun; coun·cil·lor; coun·cil·lor·ship; coun·cil·man; coun·cil·man·ic; coun·sel·able; coun·sel·ee; coun·sel·or; coun·te·nanc·er; coun·ter·act; coun·ter·ac·tant; coun·ter·act·ing·ly; coun·ter·action; coun·ter·agent;… …   English syllables

  • Intershock — In ter*shock, v. t. To shock mutually. [R.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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