Shiver meaning

shĭvər
Shiver is defined as to shake or tremble.

An example of to shiver is trembling from cold or fear.

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An instance of shivering or trembling.
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To cause to break suddenly into fragments or splinters.
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An attack of shivering. Used with the.
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To break into fragments or splinters; shatter.
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A fragment or splinter.
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A fragment or splinter of something broken, as glass.
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To break into many fragments or splinters; shatter.
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To shake, quiver, or tremble, as from fear or cold.
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A shaking, quivering, or trembling, as from fear or cold.
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A fragment or splinter, especially of glass or stone.
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(geology) A variety of blue slate.
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(nautical) A sheave or small wheel in a pulley.
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A small wedge, as for fastening the bolt of a window shutter.
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To break into splinters or fragments.
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To tremble or shake, especially when cold or frightened.

They stood outside for hours, shivering in the frosty air.

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(nautical) To cause to shake or tremble, as a sail, by steering close to the wind.
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The act or result of shivering.

A shiver went up my spine.

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(medicine) A bodily response to early hypothermia .
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The definition of a shiver is a splinter of something broken.

An example of shiver is a small piece of broken glass.

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To shake or tremble, as from cold or fear.
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To quiver or vibrate, as by the force of the wind.
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To cause (a sail) to flutter by sailing too close to the wind.
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the shivers
  • a fit of shivering
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

the shivers

Origin of shiver

  • Middle English shiveren from shivere splinter skei- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English chiveren, shiveren

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From a Germanic word, probably present in Old English though unattested, cognate with Old High German scivaro (German Schiefer "˜slate').

    From Wiktionary

  • Origin uncertain, perhaps an alteration of chavel.

    From Wiktionary