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  1. shivnoun

    a knife used as a weapon


  1. shivnoun

    A knife. Usually associated with a makeshift instrument fashioned from something not normally used as a weapon (like a plastic spoon or a toothbrush).

  2. shivnoun

    A woody by-product from processing flax or hemp.

  3. shivnoun

    A shim, i.e. a small library that transparently intercepts and modifies calls to an API, usually for compatibility purposes.

  4. shivverb

    To stab someone with a shiv.

  5. shivverb

    By extension, to stab someone with anything not intended as a stabbing weapon.

  6. Etymology: First attested 1665–1675, probably from chiv.


  1. shiv

    Simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV) is a species of retrovirus that cause persistent infections in at least 45 species of non-human primates. Based on analysis of strains found in four species of monkeys from Bioko Island, which was isolated from the mainland by rising sea levels about 11,000 years ago, it has been concluded that SIV has been present in monkeys and apes for at least 32,000 years, and probably much longer.Virus strains from three of these primate species, SIVsmm in sooty mangabeys, SIVgor in gorillas and SIVcpz in chimpanzees, are believed to have crossed the species barrier into humans, resulting in HIV-2 and HIV-1 respectively, the two HIV viruses. The most likely route of transmission of HIV-1 to humans involves contact with the blood of chimps and gorillas that are often hunted for bushmeat in Africa. Four subtypes of HIV-1 (M, N, O, and P) likely arose through four separate transmissions of SIV to humans, and the resulting HIV-1 group M strain most commonly infects people worldwide. Therefore, it is theorized that SIV may have previously crossed the species barrier into human hosts multiple times throughout history, but it was not until recently, after the advent of modern transportation and global commuterism, that it finally took hold, spreading beyond localized decimations of a few individuals or single small tribal populations. Unlike HIV-1 and HIV-2 infections in humans, SIV infections in their natural simian non-human hosts appear in many cases to be non-pathogenic due to evolutionary adaptation of the hosts to the virus. Extensive studies in sooty mangabeys have established that SIVsmm infection does not cause any disease in these primates, despite high levels of circulating virus. Regulation of the activity CCR5 coreceptor is one of the natural strategies to avoid disease in some natural host species of SIV.Unlike SIVsmm infection in sooty mangabeys, a recent study of SIVcpz in wild living chimpanzees suggests that infected chimpanzees experience an AIDS-like illness similar to HIV-1 infected humans. The later stages of SIV infection develop into sAIDS, much like how HIV infection develops into AIDS.


  1. shiv

    A shiv, in common usage, is a slang term for a sharp, improvised weapon, often a knife-like object often used in prisons. It's usually made from everyday objects such as broken glass, a toothbrush, or metals, and it is used for stabbing or injuring. This term can also occasionally refer to the act of stabbing someone with such a weapon. Please note that this is an illegal and highly dangerous act often associated with criminal activity.


  1. Shiv

    A shiv is a slang term for any sharp or pointed implement used as a knife-like weapon. The Oxford English Dictionary suggests shive, a razor, documented in 1915, as the root word. The word in practical usage is frequently used when referring to an improvised bladed weapon. Shivs are commonly made by inmates in prisons across the world. A shiv can be anything from a glass shard with fabric wrapped around one end to form a handle, to a razor blade stuck in the end of a toothbrush. Synonyms include shank, chiv, and chib. These terms, along with "shiv", can be used either as a noun or a transitive verb, referring to the weapon or the act of attacking with such a weapon respectively. In the 1950s, criminal Billy Hill described his use of the shiv:

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of shiv in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of shiv in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of shiv in a Sentence

  1. Shiv Gupta:

    These days I find that I am constantly in conversation with Shiv Gupta, thinking more about how to care for my son. I'm thinking more about how to handle my frustration with my 4-year-old.

  2. So I Married an Axe Murderer:

    John Johnson Now this is something the other tour guides won't tell you. In this particular cell-block, Machine Gun Kelly had what we call in the prison system, a bitch. And one night in a jealous rage Kelly took a make-shift knife or shiv, and cut out the bitch's eyes. And as if this wasn't enough retribution for Kelly, the next day he and four other inmates took turns pissing into the bitch's ocular cavities. (short pause) This way to the cafeteria

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