American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To shake with a slight, rapid, tremulous movement. See Synonyms at shake.
- n. The act or motion of quivering.
- n. A portable case for holding arrows.
- n. A case full of arrows.
- n. A collection or store; arsenal: a quiver of ready responses.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Nimble; active; spry.
- To quake; tremble; shake tremulously; shudder; shiver.
- To flutter or be agitated with a tremulous motion.
- Synonyms Quake, etc. See shiver.
- n. The act or state of quivering; a tremulous motion; a tremor; a flutter; a shudder; a shiver.
- n. A case for holding arrows or crossbow-bolts. Quivers were formerly nearly as long as the arrows, so that only the feathers projected, these being covered by a piece of leather or cloth when not likely to be required. Medieval archers in war generally used the quiver on the march only, and in battle carried their arrows secured by a strap, usually with the addition of a small socket in which the points only were covered.
- n. weaponry A container for arrows, crossbow bolts or darts, such as those fired from a bow, crossbow or blowgun.
- n. figuratively A ready storage location for figurative tools or weapons.
- n. obsolete The collective noun for cobras.
- n. Shaking or moving with a slight trembling motion.
- n. mathematics A multidigraph.
- adj. archaic Nimble, active.
- v. intransitive To shake or move with slight and tremulous motion; to tremble; to quake; to shudder; to shiver.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. obsolete Nimble; active.
- v. To shake or move with slight and tremulous motion; to tremble; to quake; to shudder; to shiver.
- n. The act or state of quivering; a tremor.
- n. A case or sheath for arrows to be carried on the person.
- n. an almost pleasurable sensation of fright
- n. case for holding arrows
- n. the act of vibrating
- v. shake with fast, tremulous movements
- n. a shaky motion
- v. move with or as if with a regular alternating motion
- v. move back and forth very rapidly
- From Middle English quiveren, probably from the adjective. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English quiveren, perhaps from quiver, nimble (from Old English cwifer-).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. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“A quiver is where you keep arrows until you shoot them.”
“The last, thin quiver in the Wingnut quill, of course, is blaming the media.”
“The fourth, and perhaps the most important arrow in OSPE's quiver is direct intervention.”
“Polished," that is, free from all rust, implies His unsullied purity. in ... quiver ... hid me -- Like a sword in its scabbard, or a shaft in the quiver, Messiah, before His appearing, was hid with God, ready to be drawn forth at the moment God saw fit [Hengstenberg]; also always protected by God, as the arrow by the quiver (Isa 51: 16).”
“Their quiver is all-devouring, as the grave opened to receive the dead: as many as are the arrows, so many are the deaths.”
“The 'my Wilfrid' made the owner of the name quiver with satisfaction.”
“God's quiver is full of arrows; he is never at a loss for ways and means to punish a wicked people.”
“Happy the man, happy the nation, whose quiver is full of these arrows!”
“They are well armed: Their quiver is as an open sepulchre; their arrows shall fly so thick, hit so sure, and wound so deep, that they shall be reckoned to breathe nothing but death and slaughter: they are able-bodied, all effective, mighty men, v. 16.”
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