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shiv·er 1

v. shiv·ered, shiv·er·ing, shiv·ers
1. To shake or tremble, as from cold or fear. See Synonyms at shake.
2. To quiver or vibrate, as by the force of the wind. Nautical
To cause (a sail) to flutter by sailing too close to the wind.
1. An instance of shivering or trembling.
2. shivers An attack of shivering. Used with the.

[Middle English chiveren, shiveren.]

shiv·er 2

v. shiv·ered, shiv·er·ing, shiv·ers
To break into fragments or splinters; shatter.
To cause to break suddenly into fragments or splinters.
A fragment or splinter.

[Middle English shiveren, from shivere, splinter; see skei- in Indo-European roots.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.shivering - a sensation of cold that often marks the start of an infection and the development of a fevershivering - a sensation of cold that often marks the start of an infection and the development of a fever
symptom - (medicine) any sensation or change in bodily function that is experienced by a patient and is associated with a particular disease
Adj.1.shivering - vibrating slightly and irregularlyshivering - vibrating slightly and irregularly; as e.g. with fear or cold or like the leaves of an aspen in a breeze; "a quaking bog"; "the quaking child asked for more"; "quivering leaves of a poplar tree"; "with shaking knees"; "seemed shaky on her feet"; "sparkling light from the shivering crystals of the chandelier"; "trembling hands"
unsteady - subject to change or variation; "her unsteady walk"; "his hand was unsteady as he poured the wine"; "an unsteady voice"


nSchau(d)er m; shivering bout or fitSchüttelfrost m
References in classic literature ?
I will take some brandy," said Edna, shivering as she removed her gloves and overshoes.
With a shivering repugnance at the idea of personal contact with the world, a powerful impulse still seized on Clifford, whenever the rush and roar of the human tide grew strongly audible to him.
He say, said I, that you came near kill-e that man there, pointing to the still shivering greenhorn.
Sometimes driver and horse have to wait for hours in the rain or frost, shivering with the cold, while the merry people within are dancing away to the music.
And so all day long she sat shivering, and came home at night with her teeth chattering and pains in her head and back.
Pale, shivering, with rigid features and compressed lips, she looked an entirely altered being from the soft and timid creature she had been hitherto.
They couldn't a been worse scared if the place had a been full of ghosts laying for them behind everything and under the beds and shivering through the air.
There was a whiz as of a missile in the air, mingled with the murmur of a curse, a sound as of shivering glass followed, and a small, vague form went over the fence and shot away in the gloom.
Going in dismal weather, to return probably in worse;four horses and four servants taken out for nothing but to convey five idle, shivering creatures into colder rooms and worse company than they might have had at home.
But a day spent in sitting shivering over the fire with a book in her hand, which she was unable to read, or in lying, weary and languid, on a sofa, did not speak much in favour of her amendment; and when, at last, she went early to bed, more and more indisposed, Colonel Brandon was only astonished at her sister's composure, who, though attending and nursing her the whole day, against Marianne inclination, and forcing proper medicines on her at night, trusted, like Marianne, to the certainty and efficacy of sleep, and felt no real alarm.
I too rose reluctantly; it was bitter cold, and I dressed as well as I could for shivering, and washed when there was a basin at liberty, which did not occur soon, as there was but one basin to six girls, on the stands down the middle of the room.
All day had been flooding with rain; we could not go to church, so Joseph must needs get up a congregation in the garret; and, while Hindley and his wife basked downstairs before a comfortable fire - doing anything but reading their Bibles, I'll answer for it - Heathcliff, myself, and the unhappy ploughboy were commanded to take our prayer-books, and mount: we were ranged in a row, on a sack of corn, groaning and shivering, and hoping that Joseph would shiver too, so that he might give us a short homily for his own sake.