What does shiver mean?

Definitions for shiver
ˈʃɪv ərshiv·er

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. tremble, shiver, shakenoun

    a reflex motion caused by cold or fear or excitement

  2. frisson, shiver, chill, quiver, shudder, thrill, tingleverb

    an almost pleasurable sensation of fright

    "a frisson of surprise shot through him"

  3. shudder, shiver, throb, thrillverb

    tremble convulsively, as from fear or excitement

  4. shiver, shudderverb

    shake, as from cold

    "The children are shivering--turn on the heat!"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Shivernoun

    one of the small pieces, or splinters, into which a brittle thing is broken by sudden violence; -- generally used in the plural

  2. Shivernoun

    a thin slice; a shive

  3. Shivernoun

    a variety of blue slate

  4. Shivernoun

    a sheave or small wheel in a pulley

  5. Shivernoun

    a small wedge, as for fastening the bolt of a window shutter

  6. Shivernoun

    a spindle

  7. Shiververb

    to break into many small pieces, or splinters; to shatter; to dash to pieces by a blow; as, to shiver a glass goblet

  8. Shiververb

    to separate suddenly into many small pieces or parts; to be shattered

  9. Shiververb

    to tremble; to vibrate; to quiver; to shake, as from cold or fear

  10. Shiververb

    to cause to shake or tremble, as a sail, by steering close to the wind

  11. Shivernoun

    the act of shivering or trembling

  12. Etymology: [OE. schiveren, scheveren; cf. OD. scheveren. See Shiver a fragment.]


  1. Shiver

    "Shiver" is Natalie Imbruglia's first single from her third album release Counting Down the Days and it is her 8th single overall.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Shiver

    shiv′ėr, n. a splinter, or small piece into which a thing breaks by sudden violence.—v.t. to shatter.—v.i. to fall into shivers.—n. Shiv′er-spar, a slaty calcite or calcium carbonate.—adj. Shiv′ery, brittle.—Shiver my timbers, a nautical imprecation. [Skeat explains shiver as a dim. of the foregoing shive, a thin slice, the same as prov. Eng. sheave, a thin disc of wood, wheel of a pulley—Ice. skífa, a slice; Dut. schijf, Ger. scheibe.]

  2. Shiver

    shiv′ėr, v.i. to shake or tremble: to shudder.—v.t. to cause to shake in the wind, as sails.—n. Shiv′ering.—adv. Shiv′eringly, with shivering or trembling.—adj. Shiv′ery, inclined to shiver.—The shivers (coll.), the ague, chills. [M. E. chiveren, a softened form of kiveren, supposed by Skeat to be a Scand. form of quiver, and a freq. of Ice. kippa, to pull, the spelling with sh being due to confusion with shiver (n.).]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. shiver

    Synonymous with sheave.

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    Rank popularity for the word 'shiver' in Verbs Frequency: #977

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of shiver in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of shiver in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of shiver in a Sentence

  1. PSB:

    Go for the idea that catches your breath, gives you goosebumps, and sends a shiver of fear down your spine. Because that idea can take you to milestones you haven't dared to achieve yet!

  2. Margarita Rohr:

    Vitamin B12 deficiency can be caused by a poor diet, so aim to get more lean meat, fish, and dairy into your meals. But sometimes low levels are triggered by an absorption issue. If your diet is high in B12 but you shiver all the time, check in with your doctor for a vitamin B12 test. RELATED : 21 Important Facts About Vitamin B12 Deficiency You're a woman Find yourself in a constant battle with your spouse or male officemates for control of the thermostat ? Turns out that feeling cold really is a gendered condition. In general, women are better at conserving heat than men.

  3. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    Whenever an injustice is done, any non-action and neutrality is not appropriate - it's an indirect bullying, I.e. joining the hands of your aggressors, and being an accomplice. Such passive bullies are far worst than those active ones who take an enjoyment in kicking you when you're down. Whether neutral or active, bullies are mean deceitful heartless cowards, who always work in groups to pick on nice and innocent people like you. If you confront these bullies individually, they will shiver and shrink. Be brave, and don't ever give in to bullying.

  4. Robert Hawthorne:

    I believe this photo strikes a nerve for a lot of people, many people shiver and recoil when they see it, imagining themselves in the fishermen's shoes.

  5. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    I sometimes wonder that life can probably be compared best to a Rose Garden. Some writers like to do so in their efforts to romanticize life. Often as we walk through the rose garden, we become refreshed and rejuvenated by the warm, pleasant and sensuous breeze that carries captivating exquisite fragrance of beautiful roses. Life seems so remarkably wonderful at that very moment. Then on some occasions as we walk through the same rose garden, the sight of dried rose bushes with wilted flowers, dried rose petals and heaps of dead leaves all around saddens us deep inside. The cold callous currents of strong wind make us shiver, with the shocking harsh reality about the uncertainty of life. Oh, life can be so awesome and beautiful at times, and yet so cold and cruel on occasions. Such is the duality of life that reverberates and resonates in sync with the Rose Garden!

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