shiv·er /ˈʃɪvɚ/ 不及物動詞
1. One of the small pieces, or splinters, into which a brittle thing is broken by sudden violence; -- generally used in the plural. “All to shivers dashed.”
2. A thin slice; a shive. [Obs. or Prov. Eng.] “A shiver of their own loaf.”
Of your soft bread, not but a shiver. --Chaucer.
3. Geol. A variety of blue slate.
4. Naut. A sheave or small wheel in a pulley.
5. A small wedge, as for fastening the bolt of a window shutter.
6. A spindle. [Obs. or Prov. Eng.]
Shiv·er, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Shivered p. pr. & vb. n. Shivering.] To break into many small pieces, or splinters; to shatter; to dash to pieces by a blow; as, to shiver a glass goblet.
All the ground
With shivered armor strown. --Milton.
Shiv·er, v. i. To separate suddenly into many small pieces or parts; to be shattered.
There shiver shafts upon shields thick. --Chaucer
The natural world, should gravity once cease, . . . would instantly shiver into millions of atoms. --Woodward.
Shiv·er, v. i. To tremble; to vibrate; to quiver; to shake, as from cold or fear.
Prometheus is laid
On icy Caucasus to shiver. --Swift.
The man that shivered on the brink of sin,
Thus steeled and hardened, ventures boldly in. --Creech.
Shiv·er, v. t. Naut. To cause to shake or tremble, as a sail, by steering close to the wind.
Shiv·er, n. The act of shivering or trembling.
n 1: reflex shaking caused by cold or fear or excitement [syn: tremble,
2: an almost pleasurable sensation of fright; "a frisson of
surprise shot through him" [syn: frisson, chill, quiver,
shudder, thrill, tingle]
v 1: tremble convulsively, as from fear or excitement [syn: shudder,
2: shake, as from cold; "The children are shivering--turn on
the heat!" [syn: shudder]