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electric shock

n
(Pathology) the physiological reaction, characterized by pain and muscular spasm, to the passage of an electric current through the body. It can affect the respiratory system and heart rhythm. Sometimes shortened to: shock
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Noun1.electric shock - the use of electricity to administer punishment or tortureelectric shock - the use of electricity to administer punishment or torture; "they used cattle prods to administer electric shocks"
torturing, torture - the deliberate, systematic, or wanton infliction of physical or mental suffering by one or more persons in an attempt to force another person to yield information or to make a confession or for any other reason; "it required unnatural torturing to extract a confession"
corporal punishment - the infliction of physical injury on someone convicted of committing a crime
2.electric shock - 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
harm, hurt, injury, trauma - any physical damage to the body caused by violence or accident or fracture etc.
3.electric shock - a reflex response to the passage of electric current through the bodyelectric shock - 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"
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Death is an electric shock which our heart receives; the freed soul soars upwards on the wings of electricity.
A sudden movement, an agitation of the entire company front, as from an electric shock, attested the startling character of the incident.
That phrase, the "one small woman," startled me like an electric shock.
You must be ill to shiver like that," he added, noticing that Prince Andrew winced as at an electric shock.
The gallant old gentleman started as if I had given him an electric shock.
In one breathless moment the conviction struck her like an electric shock.
Her face was hidden by a veil, but he drank in with glad eyes the special movement in walking, peculiar to her alone, the slope of the shoulders, and the setting of the head, and at once a sort of electric shock ran all over him.
As to setting about it, the usual method is to throw some susceptible person into a trance, which serves as a sort of bridge or cord of communication, by which the force beyond can give him, as it were, an electric shock, and awaken his higher senses.
She drew a long breath and flung her head up proudly, courage and determination tingling over her like an electric shock.
It made Gringoire shudder as though it had been an electric shock.
The house was thrilled as with an electric shock, and the people half rose as if to seek a glimpse of the person who had made that exchange.
If now you should turn your head you would see a simultaneous movement among the spectators a start, as if they had received an electric shock - and looking forward again to the now distant horseman you would see that he has in that instant altered his direction and is riding at an angle to his former course.