Shiver-spar

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Shiver-spar (Min) A variety of calcite, so called from its slaty structure; -- called also slate spar.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Shiver-spar a slaty calcite or calcium carbonate
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. G. schiefer-spath,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Skeat explains shiver as a dim. of the foregoing shive, a thin slice, the same as prov. Eng. sheave, a thin disc of wood, wheel of a pulley—Ice. skífa, a slice; Dut. schijf, Ger. scheibe.

Usage

In literature:

Not a brace swung loose, not a plank was sprung, no spar was shivered.
"Memorial Addresses on the Life and Character of William H. F. Lee (A Representative from Virginia)" by Various
Spars and lances of light upon the shivering waters, red and yellow and white!
"The Lure of the Mask" by Harold MacGrath
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In poetry:

And all their quivering royals and all their singing spars
Should send a ghostly music a-shivering to the stars —
A sound like Norway forests when wintry winds are high,
Or old dead seamen's shanties from great old days gone by, —
"Ghosts In Deptford" by Cicely Fox Smith
In trim betimes they turn from land,
Some shivered sails and spars they stow;
One watch, dismissed, they troll the can,
While loud the billow thumps the bow--
Vies with the fist that smites the board,
Obstreperous at each reveller's jovial word.
"The Haglets" by Herman Melville