- (of a fore-and-aft sail) to shake when too close to the wind.
- (of a sailing vessel) to be headed so close to the wind that the sails shake.
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OTHER WORDS FROM shivershiv·er·er, nounshiv·er·ing·ly, adverb
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How to use shiver in a sentence
By correlating a seismic event on one side of the world with the shiver it produces on the other, scientists infer what happened in between.Seismic ‘Telescope’ Reveals a Titanic, Tree-Like Plume Feeding Earth’s Volcanoes|Jason Dorrier|October 17, 2021|Singularity Hub
Threats to Taiwan, the self-governing island only slightly bigger than Maryland, are sending shivers through the global tech industry.
There’s a hint of feminism in both books, and they’ll both give you shivers for months after you finish them.
It’s hard not to feel a shiver of apprehension for her as she walks, alone, down a long country road to knock on the door of a man who’s been avoiding her interview requests for years.Harvard students told a lurid tale of murder. Was it true?|Marin Cogan|December 11, 2020|Washington Post
Lauren Graham does beautiful things with her voice through the whole show, but the way she says, “Hey there, birthday girl,” with a hopeful, hesitant shiver in her tone, is a killer.
You know, a novel comes not from a decision but a frisson, a sort of shiver that goes through you.Martin Amis Talks About Nazis, Novels, and Cute Babies|Ronald K. Fried|October 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
When pressed on who he thought killed Kennedy, Nixon “would shiver and say, ‘Texas,’” said Stone.Roger Stone’s New Book ‘Solves’ JFK Assassination: Johnson Did It!|David Freedlander|May 14, 2013|DAILY BEAST
I remember being shocked that Shiver sold in 38 countries, because I thought it was such a particularly “me” story.Maggie Stiefvater Talks New Novel ‘The Raven Boys,’ Fast Cars, and YA Fiction|Doug Stanton|September 28, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The friction of those little strings still makes my skin shiver, but when in Rome… head to Malika.
For Americans of a certain age, these words, even in our cynical time, yield a shiver of nostalgia, but also of purpose.
Presently he began to shiver so, with some sort of a chill, that I took off my coat and wrapped it round him.The Boarded-Up House|Augusta Huiell Seaman
Still a-shiver at dawn, I saddled up and loped for the crest of the nearest divide to get the benefit of the first sun-rays.
Alfaretta's face assumed a look of great solemnity and a shiver of real fear ran over her.Dorothy at Skyrie|Evelyn Raymond
It sent a shiver through me, and even old Piegan stood aghast at the malevolent determination of the man.
To his lifes end Tchaikovsky could never recall this hour without a shiver of horror.The Life & Letters of Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky|Modeste Tchaikovsky
British Dictionary definitions for shiver (1 of 2)
- (of a sail) to luff; flap or shake
- (of a sailing vessel) to sail close enough to the wind to make the sails luff