• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Skiver An inferior quality of leather, made of split sheepskin, tanned by immersion in sumac, and dyed. It is used for hat linings, pocketbooks, bookbinding, etc.
    • Skiver The cutting tool or machine used in splitting leather or skins, as sheepskins.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n skiver Same as skiving-knife.
    • n skiver Leather split by the skiving-knife; a thin leather made of the grained side of split sheepskin tanned in sumac. It is used for cheap bindings for books, the lining of hats, pocket-books, etc. Compare skiving.
    • n skiver In shoe manufacturing, a machine for cutting counters for shoes and for making rands; a leather-skiving machine.
    • n skiver An old form of dirk.
    • n skiver A skewer.
    • skiver To skewer; impale.
    • skiver To scatter; disperse; fly apart or in various directions, as a flock of birds.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Skiver skī′vėr a kind of leather made of split sheep-skins, used for bookbinding, &c
    • n Skiver a machine for skiving leather
    • v.t Skiver skī′vėr (prov.) to run through, to skewer.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. Skewer Shiver a fragment


In literature:

En he say he'd gin fi' dollars ter de nigger w'at 'skiver' de rogue.
"The Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, 1995, Memorial Issue" by Various
I'll finish heating the oven, and set you free to go and skiver up them ducks.
"The Woodlanders" by Thomas Hardy
En he say he 'd gin fi' dollars ter de nigger w'at 'skiver' de rogue.
"The Conjure Woman" by Charles W. Chesnutt
Associated Words: fellmonger, woolpuller, skiver, budge.
"Putnam's Word Book" by Louis A. Flemming
Bone and shell in small amounts were found here, and among them the skiver shown at d in plate 36.
"Archeological Investigations" by Gerard Fowke
The common vellum is made from sheep-skin splits, or skivers, but the best from whole calf-skins.
"A Book for All Readers" by Ainsworth Rand Spofford
Skivers was a man who, if he had reason to dislike any one about him, could not let his feelings remain quiescent.
"Who Are Happiest? and Other Stories" by T. S. Arthur
Sheepskin, known as roan, basil, skiver, &c. Pigskin, known as pigskin.
"Bookbinding, and the Care of Books" by Douglas Cockerell
A kind o' right down skivered.
"The Cruise of the Snowbird" by Gordon Stables
Skivers are split in the limed state and sometimes immediately degreased.
"Animal Proteins" by Hugh Garner Bennett

In news:

Skiver Millsaps charged in McMinn County fatal stabbing.
Lauren Skiver, chief executive officer of Delaware Transit Corp. (DART), announced that an offer to lend 20 buses to NJ Transit for shuttling efforts has been accepted.