verb (used without object)
- (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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Origin of shiver1
synonym study for shiver
OTHER WORDS FROM shivershiv·er·er, nounshiv·er·ing·ly, adverb
Definition for shiver (2 of 2)
verb (used with or without object)
Origin of shiver2
Example sentences from the Web for shiver
“He said to think of God,” Victoria said, as we shivered in the early chill.
I shivered a little, and dryly advised him to remember better where he had stored the precious liquid.Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show|Robert W. Chambers|February 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The troops that had been massed outside the palace in anticipation of unrest shivered in the cold, looking bored.
“They said they were going to ‘make me talk,’ that they were going to ‘jump-start me like a car,’” he shivered.
When the doors of the school opened, my aunt shivered in fear.
Thus enjoined, she took the letter; for a second her eyes met Garnache's glittering gaze, and she shivered.St. Martin's Summer|Rafael Sabatini
Squinty cuddled down in the basket of the balloon, between two bags full of something, and shivered.Squinty the Comical Pig|Richard Barnum
And the long-forgotten sound brought the past before him with such a vivid sense of reality that he positively shivered.
The blood rushed in a hot tide into the girl's pale wet face, and yet she shivered as if an arrow had pierced her heart.The World Before Them|Susanna Moodie
Harris, the silk merchant, stood among these broken and burnt stones and shivered.
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