from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Same as shive, 1.
  • noun A broken bit; a splinter; a sliver; one of many small pieces or fragments such as are produced by a sudden and violent shock or blow. Also shive.
  • noun 3. In mineralogy, a species of blue slate; schist; shale.
  • noun Nautical, a sheave; the wheel of a pulley.
  • noun A small wedge or key.
  • To break into many small fragments or splinters; shatter; dash to pieces at a blow.
  • Synonyms Shatter, etc. See dash.
  • To burst, fly, or fall at once into many small pieces of parts.
  • noun A tremulous, quivering motion; a shaking-or trembling-fit, especially from cold.
  • To shake; shudder; tremble; quiver; specifically, to shake with cold.
  • Synonyms Shiver, Quake. Shudder, Quiver. We shiver with cold or a sensation like that of cold; we quake with fear; we shudder with horror. To quiver is to have a slight tremulous or fluttering motion: as, her lip quivered; to quiver in every nerve.
  • Nautical, to cause to flutter or shake in the wind, as a sail by trimming the yards or shifting the helm so that the wind strikes on the edge of the sail.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act of shivering or trembling.
  • intransitive verb To tremble; to vibrate; to quiver; to shake, as from cold or fear.
  • intransitive verb To separate suddenly into many small pieces or parts; to be shattered.
  • transitive verb To break into many small pieces, or splinters; to shatter; to dash to pieces by a blow.
  • transitive verb (Naut.) To cause to shake or tremble, as a sail, by steering close to the wind.
  • noun One of the small pieces, or splinters, into which a brittle thing is broken by sudden violence; -- generally used in the plural.
  • noun Obs. or Prov. Eng. A thin slice; a shive.
  • noun (Geol.) A variety of blue slate.
  • noun (Naut.) A sheave or small wheel in a pulley.
  • noun A small wedge, as for fastening the bolt of a window shutter.
  • noun Obs. or Prov. Eng. A spindle.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A fragment or splinter, especially of glass or stone.
  • verb To break into splinters or fragments.
  • verb To tremble or shake, especially when cold or frightened.
  • noun The act or result of shivering.
  • noun medicine A bodily response to early hypothermia (Wikipedia).

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun an almost pleasurable sensation of fright
  • noun a reflex motion caused by cold or fear or excitement
  • verb shake, as from cold
  • verb tremble convulsively, as from fear or excitement


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From a Germanic word, probably present in Old English though unattested, cognate with Old High German scivaro (German Schiefer ‘slate’).

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Origin uncertain, perhaps an alteration of chavel.


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  • Such an apology was always humiliating, and usually painful, but what made her shiver was the chance of being denied death at the end, of being forced to continue as if nothing had occurred while everyone, common as well as the Blood, knew her degradation.

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  • But Kafka has that magic of actuality in even the most dislocated phrase that no other modern has, a kind of shiver + grinding blue ache in your teeth.

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