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quiver1

Syllabification: quiv·er
Pronunciation: /ˈkwivər
 
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verb

[no object]
1Tremble or shake with a slight rapid motion: the tree’s branches stopped quivering
More example sentences
  • You are instantly transported into an enchanting vista of cool water-filled ponds that quiver and shimmer with shadows that change with the time of day.
  • The leaves shook and quivered.
  • The earth shook and quivered underfoot.
Synonyms
1.1 [with object] Cause (something) to make a slight rapid motion: the bird runs along in a zigzag path, quivering its wings
More example sentences
  • Joe is ready to bail out of EastEnders and try his hand at something other than quivering his bottom lip and having bad facial hair.
  • At over 350 quid the boss is likely to quiver his bottom lip but my mind is made up, I want one.
  • We'd pulled the car up on the hills east of Rosedale and three yards the other side of the glass a cold wind quivered a lapwing's crest.

noun

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A slight trembling movement or sound, especially one caused by a sudden strong emotion: Meredith felt a quiver of fear
More example sentences
  • He had noticed her shaking and the slight quiver in her voice as she finished her story.
  • He ignored the slight quiver in his voice; after all, these English rooms echoed so oddly.
  • Although she had intended to sound indignant, the quiver in her voice betrayed the chuckle she was controlling.
Synonyms
tremor, tremble, shake, quaver, flutter, fluctuation, waver

Origin

Middle English: from Old English cwifer 'nimble, quick' The initial qu- is probably symbolic of quick movement (as in quaver and quick).

Derivatives

quiveringly

1
adverb
Example sentences
  • I'm ready, quiveringly ready to do amazing things.
  • The taboo lies with them, certainly not we quiveringly sexual beings.
  • The violins thirds quiveringly descend from the climax to a low F and the final quatrain returns to narration, over the fiddle's sustained bitonal notes.

quivery

2
adjective
Example sentences
  • To her ears, her voice sounded weak and quivery.
  • His voice proves surprisingly calming - a little quieter and quivery with the years, but still smooth, strong, and sober.
  • But the words were so soft and quivery that Jake couldn't have believed them.

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quiver2

Syllabification: quiv·er
Pronunciation: /ˈkwivər
 
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noun

1An archer’s portable case for holding arrows.
Example sentences
  • He also had a framed backpack, a utility belt containing tools, a quiver containing 14 arrows, a flint dagger and most amazing of all, a copper axe.
  • Joshua could make out that while some archers carried one quiver of arrows, many carried up to three.
  • Smoothly, he drew another arrow from the quiver and nocked it to the bow.
1.1A set of surfboards of different lengths and shapes for use with different types of waves.
Example sentences
  • Sure it would be great if we all rode a quiver of all kinds of boards and had a magazine focussing on the whole of surfing and not individual parts, but the chances is slim.
  • Now I need a wetsuit and a surfboard… bummer I didn't bring over at least one board from my quiver in NZ with me.
  • No need to bring your own surfboard; the Cascade travels with a diverse quiver of more than 60 boards.

Origin

Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French quiveir, of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch koker and German Köcher.

Phrases

an arrow in the quiver

1
One of a number of resources or strategies that can be drawn on or followed.

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