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intr.v. quiv·ered, quiv·er·ing, quiv·ers
1. To shake with a slight, rapid, tremulous movement.
2. To tremble, as from cold or strong emotion. See Synonyms at shake.
The act or motion of quivering.
[Middle English quiveren, perhaps from quiver, nimble (from Old English cwifer-; see gwei- in Indo-European roots).]
1. A portable case for holding arrows.
2. A case full of arrows.
3. A collection or store; arsenal: a quiver of ready responses.
[Middle English, from Anglo-Norman quiveir, variant of Old French cuivre, from Old Low Franconian cocar, probably from Medieval Latin cucurum, probably from Hunnish; akin to Mongolian kökür.]
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