- to shake with a slight but rapid motion; vibrate tremulously; tremble.
- the act or state of quivering; a tremble or tremor.
Origin of quiver1
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- a case for holding or carrying arrows.
- the arrows in such a case.
Origin of quiver2
Examples from the Web for quiver
And the third arrow, which packs the greatest punch, may never be pulled from the quiver.Japan’s Fiscal Crossroads: Will Abenomics Mean Tougher Changes?
July 26, 2013
The House speaker has no arrows in his quiver in the fiscal-cliff talks—his caucus will revolt if he caves.GOP Wonks: Boehner’s Hands Are Tied on the Fiscal Cliff
December 4, 2012
What arrow does Gingrich have in his quiver besides the great debate one-liner that expresses right-wing grievance?Michael Tomasky: Newt Gingrich Past His Peak in the Jacksonville Debate
January 27, 2012
Using all of the arrows in our quiver now will leave us extremely vulnerable when the next crisis hits, which it will.Coming Soon: The Real Stock Disaster
May 7, 2010
It was a beautiful cameo of Alcibiades, with the quiver and bow of Eros.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
She worked as if for dear life, but every quiver of her back told that she was listening.The Bacillus of Beauty
Not a sound disturbed the oppressive quiet, not the quiver of a twig.A Woman Tenderfoot
Grace Gallatin Seton-Thompson
He was erect, pale and handsome, and his words came without a quiver.The Rock of Chickamauga
Joseph A. Altsheler
There must have been a dimness in his eyes and a quiver to his wide-lipped, generous mouth.The Fortune Hunter
Louis Joseph Vance
- (intr) to shake with a rapid tremulous movement; tremble
- the state, process, or noise of shaking or trembling
- a case for arrows
Word Origin and History for quiver
"case for holding arrows," early 14c., from Anglo-French quiveir, Old French quivre, cuivre, probably of Germanic origin, from Proto-Germanic *kukur "container" (cf. Old High German kohhari, German Köcher, Old Saxon kokar, Old Frisian koker, Old English cocur "quiver"); "said to be from the language of the Huns" [Barnhart]. Related: Quiverful.