Shiv"er (?), n. [OE. schivere, fr. shive; cf. G. schifer a splinter, slate, OHG. scivere a splinter, Dan. & Sw. skifer a slate. See Shive, and cf. Skever.]


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."



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.


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


A spindle.

[Obs. or Prov. Eng.]


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Shiv"er, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Shivered (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Shivering.] [OE. schiveren, scheveren; cf. OD. scheveren. See Shiver a fragment.]

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.


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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.


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Shiv"er, v. i. [OE. chiveren, cheveren; of uncertain origin. This word seems to have been confused with shiver to shatter.]

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.


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Shiv"er, v. t. Naut.

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


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Shiv"er, n.

The act of shivering or trembling.


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