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Roget category 315

2. Words relating to space
2.4. Motion
›› 2.4.4. Motion with reference to direction

#315. [Irregular motion] Agitation


agitation, stir, tremor, shake, ripple, jog, jolt, jar, jerk, shock, succussion, trepidation, quiver, quaver, dancejactitation, quassationshuffling etc. v. — twitter, flicker, flutter.
turbulence, perturbationcommotion, turmoil, disquiettumult, tumultuationhubbub, rout, bustle, fuss, racket, subsultus, staggers, megrims, epilepsy, fitscarphology, chorea, floccillation, the jerks, St.
Vitus's dance, tilmus.
spasm, throe, throb, palpitation, convulsion.
disturbance, chaos etc. (disorder) 59restlessness etc. (changeableness) 149.
ferment, fermentation ebullition, effervescence, hurly-burly, cahotagetempest, storm, ground swell, heavy sea, whirlpool, vortex etc. 312whirlwind etc. (wind) 349.


be agitated &c. — shaketremble, tremble like an aspen leafquiver, quaver, quake, shiver, twitter, twire, writhe, toss, shuffle, tumble, stagger, bob, reel, sway, wag, wagglewriggle, wriggle like an eeldance, stumble, shamble, flounder, totter, flounce, flop, curvet, prance, cavort [U.S.]squirm.
throb, pulsate, beat, palpitate, go pitapatflutter, flitter, flicker, bickerbustle.
ferment, effervesce, foamboil, boil overbubble upsimmer.
toss about, jump aboutjump like a parched peashake like an aspen leafshake to its center, shake to its foundationsbe the sport of the winds and wavesreel to and fro like a drunken manmove from post to pillar and from pillar to move from post to pillar and from pillar to post, drive from post to pillar and from pillar to drive from post to pillar and from pillar to post, keep between hawk and buzzard.
agitate, shake, convulse, toss, tumble, bandy, wield, brandish, flap, flourish, whisk, jerk, hitch, joltjog, joggle, jostle, buffet, hustle, disturb, stir, shake up, churn, jounce, wallop, whip, vellicate.


shaking etc. v. — agitated tremulousdesultory, subsultorysaltatoricquasativeshamblinggiddy-paced, saltatory, convulsive, unquiet, restless, all of a twitter.


by fits and startssubsultorily etc. adj. per saltum [Lat.]hop skip and jumpin convulsions, in fits.


tempete dans un verre d'eau [Fr.].

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