shiver

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v shiver shake, as from cold "The children are shivering--turn on the heat!"
    • v shiver tremble convulsively, as from fear or excitement
    • n shiver a reflex motion caused by cold or fear or excitement
    • n shiver an almost pleasurable sensation of fright "a frisson of surprise shot through him"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Insects shiver when they're cold.
    • Shiver (Naut) A sheave or small wheel in a pulley.
    • Shiver A small wedge, as for fastening the bolt of a window shutter.
    • Shiver A spindle.
    • Shiver A thin slice; a shive. "A shiver of their own loaf.""Of your soft bread, not but a shiver ."
    • Shiver (Geol) A variety of blue slate.
    • Shiver One of the small pieces, or splinters, into which a brittle thing is broken by sudden violence; -- generally used in the plural. "All to shivers dashed."
    • n Shiver The act of shivering or trembling.
    • v. t Shiver To break into many small pieces, or splinters; to shatter; to dash to pieces by a blow; as, to shiver a glass goblet. "All the ground
      With shivered armor strown."
    • v. t Shiver (Naut) To cause to shake or tremble, as a sail, by steering close to the wind.
    • v. i Shiver To separate suddenly into many small pieces or parts; to be shattered. "There shiver shafts upon shields thick.""The natural world, should gravity once cease, . . . would instantly shiver into millions of atoms."
    • v. i Shiver To tremble; to vibrate; to quiver; to shake, as from cold or fear. "Prometheus is laid
      On icy Caucasus to shiver ."
      "The man that shivered on the brink of sin,
      Thus steeled and hardened, ventures boldly in."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n shiver Same as shive, 1.
    • n shiver A broken bit; a splinter; a sliver; one of many small pieces or fragments such as are produced by a sudden and violent shock or blow. Also shive.
    • n shiver In mineralogy, a species of blue slate; schist; shale.
    • n shiver Nautical, a sheave; the wheel of a pulley.
    • n shiver A small wedge or key.
    • shiver To break into many small fragments or splinters; shatter; dash to pieces at a blow.
    • shiver Synonyms Shatter, etc. See dash.
    • shiver To burst, fly, or fall at once into many small pieces of parts.
    • shiver To shake; shudder; tremble; quiver; specifically, to shake with cold.
    • shiver Synonyms Shiver, Quake. Shudder, Quiver. We shiver with cold or a sensation like that of cold; we quake with fear; we shudder with horror. To quiver is to have a slight tremulous or fluttering motion: as, her lip quivered; to quiver in every nerve.
    • shiver Nautical, to cause to flutter or shake in the wind, as a sail by trimming the yards or shifting the helm so that the wind strikes on the edge of the sail.
    • n shiver A tremulous, quivering motion; a shaking-or trembling-fit, especially from cold.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Shiver shiv′ėr a splinter, or small piece into which a thing breaks by sudden violence
    • v.t Shiver to shatter
    • v.i Shiver to fall into shivers
    • v.i Shiver shiv′ėr to shake or tremble: to shudder
    • v.t Shiver to cause to shake in the wind, as sails
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Quotations

  • Og Mandino
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    “To do anything truly worth doing, I must not stand back shivering and thinking of the cold and danger, but jump in with gusto and scramble through as well as I can.”
  • Sam Slick
    Sam Slick
    “Don't stand shivering upon the bank; plunge in at once, and have it over.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. schivere, fr. shive,; cf. G. schifer, a splinter, slate, OHG. scivere, a splinter, Dan. & Sw. skifer, a slate. See Shive, and cf. Skever

Usage

In literature:

I recognized that shiver, as soon as I had felt it; I was deceived in nothing.
"The Works of Guy de Maupassant, Vol. 1 (of 8)" by Guy de Maupassant
He stood behind him a pace or two, shivering in the evening air.
"Doom Castle" by Neil Munro
A good breeze rustled and shivered in the rows of trees that bordered the canal.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition" by Robert Louis Stevenson
When Berber turned this look, naked as a sword, back to Evelyn Strang, she involuntarily shivered.
"The Best Short Stories of 1920" by Various
There were more shivers and moans from my men.
"Across Unknown South America" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
Tatsu shivered a little, and stared on.
"The Dragon Painter" by Mary McNeil Fenollosa
There was the color, too, of the roses, and of the cloak in which Winifred Ames had wrapped her shivering fairness.
"Mistress Anne" by Temple Bailey
The horse cowers with affright, and shivers between my thighs, uttering terrified expressions.
"The Scalp Hunters" by Mayne Reid
He was drenched, shivering, incoherent with wrath when they stopped for noon.
"The Snowshoe Trail" by Edison Marshall
Mary Louise gave an odd little shiver as they walked out into the shadow, past the circle of the lamp on the railing.
"Stubble" by George Looms
Prescott and the girl stood a little distance apart and Muriel was sensible of a nervous shiver.
"Prescott of Saskatchewan" by Harold Bindloss
Too near to the wind, and sails shivering.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
It sent a shiver of pain through him.
"A Spoil of Office" by Hamlin Garland
June shivered where she lay close to the ground.
"The Fighting Edge" by William MacLeod Raine
But she shivered slightly, too.
"The Flaming Jewel" by Robert W. Chambers
Nastasie came downstairs shivering and undid the bars and bolts one after the other.
"Madame Bovary" by Gustave Flaubert
It makes cold shivers run down my back!
"The Rough Road" by William John Locke
Jean shivered over spending money.
"The House of Fulfilment" by George Madden Martin
Suddenly Sam ushered in a shivering telegraph-boy, with a message for Mr. Rutherford.
"Belford's Magazine, Vol 2, December 1888" by Various
Dusty Star shivered in an agony of fear.
"Dusty Star" by Olaf Baker
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In poetry:

We abode with you all the long winter through:
You may not have seen us, but we saw you,
Chafing your hands in the beaded haze,
And shivering home to your Yuletide blaze.
"The Passing Of The Primroses" by Alfred Austin
Of her presence; yet as he sat and gazed,
A shiver ran throughout him, and his breath
Came slower, he seem'd suddenly amazed,
As though he had not heard of Arthur's death.
"King Arthur's Tomb" by William Morris
Alas! she was hungry and shivering with cold;
So in a corner between two houses she made bold
To take shelter from the violent storm.
Poor little waif! wishing to herself she'd never been born.
"The Little Match Girl" by William Topaz McGonagall
In a costly palace Youth goes clad in gold;
In a wretched workhouse Age's limbs are cold:
There they sit, the old men by a shivering fire,
Still close and closer cowering, warmth is their desire.
"A Ballad" by Charles Lamb
Startled and pale, I stood to see them go;
Then a long, stealing shadow to me crept,
And laid his cold hand on me, and I wept
And hid my eyes, and shivered with affright
At thought of coming night.
"After-Glow" by Susan Coolidge
Her eyes, where dawns my bluest Day,
Dance with the dancing snow!
I see delicious shivers thrill
Her through and through. She feels the chill
Of Earth so white, and skies so gray
Enrich our fireside glow.
"A Winter's Tale For The Little Ones." by Gerald Massey

In news:

Nicole and Stella Shiver .
This gave me the opportunity to test the café owner's claim that if one tickles the trunk of such a tree, the leaves and branches shiver in response.
Shall we choose "The Haunting," the unparalleled 1963 Julie Harris shiver-fest.
Reports that vampire bat s bit a man in Central Texas sent shivers down more than a few spines last week.
Reports that vampire bats bit a man in Central Texas sent shivers down more than a few spines last week.
"Shiver" is a modular, portable room with walls that weep pure water as you approach.
Hartford Stage today announced the winners of the Annual Young Playwrights' Competition, Write On , for students in grades 9-12, and this year's winners are Abigail Kehoe, Alyssa Slotnick, Christopher Snow, Joe Buchek and Jonas Shivers.
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Washington, DC, schools plagued by boiler breakdowns that leave students shivering.
Shivers triplets from Saginaw are all in jail.
Whiskey Shivers takes the stage this Sunday.
Belize's ATM delivers shivers, not cash.
New Century Chamber Orchestra captures winter's joys with Vivaldi, its shivers with Lera Auerbach .
2011 Aprilia Shiver 750 Doin' Time.
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