- (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.
Origin of shiver1
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OTHER WORDS FROM shivershiv·er·er, nounshiv·er·ing·ly, adverb
Other definitions for shiver (2 of 2)
Origin of shiver2
How to use shiver in a sentence
So I hope for an Independence Day in my lifetime when we will see zero shivering little bodies hawking our flags.Kailash Satyarthi, Malala's Nobel Peace Prize Co-Winner, Is Fighting India's Child Slavery Epidemic|Dilip D’Souza|October 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
That partly explains why seats previously inhabited by shivering backsides are now selling for $750 a pair.San Fran Kisses Its 70,000-Person Toilet Goodbye|Jon Rochmis|August 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
There's the parrot, wings wrapped around himself, shivering.Robin Williams, Hollywood’s Grand Jester, Is Dead at 63|Marlow Stern|August 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Her mother found her on the sand, curled in a ball, shivering uncontrollably.'We Were Liars': Teens Confront Their Beautiful, Rich Family's Dark Secrets|Samantha Levine|August 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Shivering, we pulled our hats low our heads and zipped our jackets tight around our chests.A Little Too Off the Beaten Path in Burma|Katya Cengel|June 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A horse unused to it will sometimes stand shivering instead of taking his rider out of danger.Hunting the Lions|R.M. Ballantyne
His teeth still chattered, and spells of violent shivering passed over him from head to foot.
The point where we stood—a huddled, shivering group—faced the wider channels that led to the open sea and Finland.
Aristide composed his face into an expression of parental interest; but within him there was shivering and sickening upheaval.The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol|William J. Locke
A few sentinels stood shivering in the cold and drizzling rain around the doors of the national palace.Madame Roland, Makers of History|John S. C. Abbott
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