shuddering


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shud·der

 (shŭd′ər)
intr.v. shud·dered, shud·der·ing, shud·ders
1. To shiver convulsively, as from fear or revulsion. See Synonyms at shake.
2. To vibrate; quiver: The airplane shuddered in the turbulence.
n.
1. A convulsive shiver, as from fear or revulsion.
2. A vibration or trembling motion.

[Middle English shodderen, perhaps of Middle Dutch or Middle Low German origin.]

shud′der·ing·ly adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.shuddering - shaking convulsively or violently
unsteady - subject to change or variation; "her unsteady walk"; "his hand was unsteady as he poured the wine"; "an unsteady voice"
References in classic literature ?
Long shuddering sobs were heard, cries, and deep sighs.
I felt as if I was about the commission of a dreadful crime and avoided with shuddering anxiety any encounter with my fellow creatures.
Weak from terror, Rokoff sank shuddering into the bottom of the dugout.
She stopped, shuddering as if a sudden fear had laid its hold on her.
He glanced at his own white taper fingers, shuddering slightly in spite of himself, and passed on, till he came to those lovely stanzas upon Venice:
The poor betrothed girl crouched trembling and shuddering behind the cask, for she saw what a terrible fate had been intended for her by the robbers.
A sound like the moaning in squadrons over Asphaltites of unforgiven ghosts of Gomorrah, ran shuddering through the air.
And all the time afterwards she listened to me with her lips parted and her eyes wide open, shuddering with awful terror.