1. [syn: shaker, mover and shaker]
2. a member of Christian group practicing celibacy and communal living and common possession of property and separation from the world;
3. a container in which something can be shaken;
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Shaker \Shak"er\, n.
1. A person or thing that shakes, or by means of which
something is shaken.
2. One of a religious sect who do not marry, popularly so
called from the movements of the members in dancing, which
forms a part of their worship.
Note: The sect originated in England in 1747, and came to the
United States in 1774, under the leadership of Mother
Ann Lee. The Shakers are sometimes nicknamed Shaking
Quakers, but they differ from the Quakers in doctrine
and practice. They style themselves the "United Society
of Believers in Christ's Second Appearing." The sect is
now confined in the United States.
3. (Zool.) A variety of pigeon. --P. J. Selby.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a person who wields power and influence; "a shaker of
traditional beliefs"; "movers and shakers in the business
world" [syn: shaker, mover and shaker]
2: a member of Christian group practicing celibacy and communal
living and common possession of property and separation from
3: a container in which something can be shaken