a. One that shakes: a shaker of long-held beliefs and traditions.
b. One that impels, encourages, or supervises action.
a. A container used for shaking: salt and pepper shakers.
b. A container used to mix or blend by shaking: a cocktail shaker.
3. Shaker A member of a Christian sect originating in England in 1747, practicing communal living and observing celibacy.
adj. also Shaker
Relating to or constituting a style produced by Shakers that is distinctively simple, unornamented, functional, and finely crafted: Shaker furniture.
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Hancock Shaker Village
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