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Meaning of SHIVER

Pronunciation:  'shivur

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  reflex shaking caused by cold or fear or excitement
  2. [n]  an almost pleasurable sensation of fright; "a frisson of surprise shot through him"
  3. [v]  shake, as from cold or fear
  4. [v]  tremble convulsively

SHIVER is a 6 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: chill, dither, frisson, quiver, shake, shudder, shudder, shudder, thrill, thrill, throb, tingle, tremble
 See Also: fear, fearfulness, fright, inborn reflex, innate reflex, instinctive reflex, move involuntarily, move reflexively, physiological reaction, reflex, tremble, unconditioned reflex



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Shiv"er\, n. [OE. schivere, fr. shive; cf. G. schifer a
    splinter, slate, OHG. scivere a splinter, Dan. & Sw. skifer a
    slate. See {Shive}, and cf. {Skever}.]
    1. 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.'' --Milton.
    2. A thin slice; a shive. [Obs. or Prov. Eng.] ``A shiver of
       their own loaf.'' --Fuller.
             Of your soft bread, not but a shiver. --Chaucer.
    3. (Geol.) A variety of blue slate.
    4. (Naut.) A sheave or small wheel in a pulley.
    5. A small wedge, as for fastening the bolt of a window
    6. A spindle. [Obs. or Prov. Eng.]
  2. \Shiv"er\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Shivered}; p. pr. & vb.
    n. {Shivering}.] [OE. schiveren, scheveren; cf. OD.
    scheveren. See {Shiver} a fragment.]
    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. --Milton.
  3. \Shiv"er\, v. i.
    To separate suddenly into many small pieces or parts; to be
          There shiver shafts upon shields thick.  --Chaucer
          The natural world, should gravity once cease, . . .
          would instantly shiver into millions of atoms.
  4. \Shiv"er\, v. i. [OE. chiveren, cheveren; of uncertain
    origin. This word seems to have been confused with shiver to
    To tremble; to vibrate; to quiver; to shake, as from cold or
          Prometheus is laid On icy Caucasus to shiver. --Swift.
          The man that shivered on the brink of sin, Thus steeled
          and hardened, ventures boldly in.        --Creech.
  5. \Shiv"er\, v. t. (Naut.)
    To cause to shake or tremble, as a sail, by steering close to
    the wind.
  6. \Shiv"er\, n.
    The act of shivering or trembling.