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shiv·er 1

v. shiv·ered, shiv·er·ing, shiv·ers
1. To shake or tremble, as from cold or fear. See Synonyms at shake.
2. To quiver or vibrate, as by the force of the wind. Nautical
To cause (a sail) to flutter by sailing too close to the wind.
1. An instance of shivering or trembling.
2. shivers An attack of shivering. Used with the.

[Middle English chiveren, shiveren.]

shiv·er 2

v. shiv·ered, shiv·er·ing, shiv·ers
To break into fragments or splinters; shatter.
To cause to break suddenly into fragments or splinters.
A fragment or splinter.

[Middle English shiveren, from shivere, splinter; see skei- in Indo-European roots.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.shivering - a sensation of cold that often marks the start of an infection and the development of a fevershivering - a sensation of cold that often marks the start of an infection and the development of a fever
symptom - (medicine) any sensation or change in bodily function that is experienced by a patient and is associated with a particular disease
Adj.1.shivering - vibrating slightly and irregularlyshivering - vibrating slightly and irregularly; as e.g. with fear or cold or like the leaves of an aspen in a breeze; "a quaking bog"; "the quaking child asked for more"; "quivering leaves of a poplar tree"; "with shaking knees"; "seemed shaky on her feet"; "sparkling light from the shivering crystals of the chandelier"; "trembling hands"
unsteady - subject to change or variation; "her unsteady walk"; "his hand was unsteady as he poured the wine"; "an unsteady voice"


nSchau(d)er m; shivering bout or fitSchüttelfrost m
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Notwithstanding the little iron stove, the ink froze on the swing- table in the cabin, and I found it more convenient to go ashore stumbling over the arctic waste-land and shivering in glazed tramcars in order to write my evening letter to my owners in a gorgeous cafe in the centre of the town.
After drinking some hot coffee, like an Arctic explorer setting off on a sledge journey towards the North Pole, I would go ashore and roll shivering in a tramcar into the very heart of the town, past clean-faced houses, past thousands of brass knockers upon a thousand painted doors glimmering behind rows of trees of the pavement species, leafless, gaunt, seemingly dead for ever.
So I remained, lying in the mud and shivering. I shivered till the muscles of the small of my back ached and pained me as badly as the cold, and I had need of all my self-control to force myself to remain in my miserable situation.
"She will wait and wait, mother, for she always keeps her word, and I told her to hold on till I came," explained Mac, with visions of a shivering little figure watching on the windy hill-top.
At first he shivered all over, then the shivering ceased and little by little he began to lose consciousness.
I am shivering again--shivering, from head to foot, in the summer air.
At the turn of the tide, something goes on in the unknown deeps below, which sets the whole face of the quicksand shivering and trembling in a manner most remarkable to see, and which has given to it, among the people in our parts, the name of the Shivering Sand.
Under cover of this I pushed on, wet and shivering now, towards my own house.
Beyond shivering with fright and yelling when he was hit, Lop-Ear did nothing.
Then the White Man crept back to his bed, and the shivering natives, fortified with gin, or squareface, as it is called locally, took refuge on the second wagon, drawing a tent-sail over them.
The tribe shivering from the cold rain, huddled at the bases of great trees.
When on that shivering winter's night, the Pequod thrust her vindictive bows into the cold malicious waves, who should I see standing at her helm but Bulkington!