HyperDic: electric_shock

English > 3 senses of the expression electric shock:
NOUNactelectric shockthe use of electricity to administer punishment or torture
stateelectric shocktrauma caused by the passage of electric current through the body (as from contact with high voltage lines or being struck by lightning)
actelectric shock, electrical shock, shocka reflex response to the passage of electric current through the body
English > electric shock: 3 senses > noun 1, act
MeaningThe use of electricity to administer punishment or torture.
Example"they used cattle prods to administer electric shocks"
Broadercorporal punishmentThe infliction of physical injury on someone convicted of committing a crime
torture, torturingThe 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
English > electric shock: 3 senses > noun 2, state
Meaningtrauma 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.
Broaderinjury, hurt, harm, traumaAny physical damage to the body caused by violence or accident or fracture etc.
English > electric shock: 3 senses > noun 3, act
MeaningA reflex response to the passage of electric current through the body.
Example"subjects received a small electric shock when they made the wrong response"
Synonymselectrical shock, shock
Broaderreflex, reflex response, reflex action, instinctive reflex, innate reflex, inborn reflex, unconditioned reflex, physiological reactionAn automatic instinctive unlearned reaction to a stimulus
Spanishchoque

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