quiver

1 [kwiv-er]
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
1.
to shake with a slight but rapid motion; vibrate tremulously; tremble.
noun
2.
the act or state of quivering; a tremble or tremor.

Origin:
1480–90; origin uncertain; compare Middle Dutch quiveren to tremble

quiverer, noun
quiveringly, adverb
quivery, adjective
unquivered, adjective
unquivering, adjective


1. quake, shudder, shiver. See shake. 2. shudder, shiver, shake.
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quiver

2 [kwiv-er]
noun
1.
a case for holding or carrying arrows.
2.
the arrows in such a case.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English < Anglo-French quiveir, variant of Old French quivre; perhaps < Germanic; compare Old English cocer quiver

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quiver1 (ˈkwɪvə)
 
vb
1.  (intr) to shake with a rapid tremulous movement; tremble
 
n
2.  the state, process, or noise of shaking or trembling
 
[C15: from obsolete cwiver quick, nimble; compare quaver]
 
'quiverer1
 
n
 
'quivering1
 
adj
 
'quiveringly1
 
adv
 
'quivery1
 
adj

quiver2 (ˈkwɪvə)
 
n
a case for arrows
 
[C13: from Old French cuivre; related to Old English cocer, Old Saxon kokari, Old High German kohhari, Medieval Latin cucurum]

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Word Origin & History

quiver
"to tremble," 1490, perhaps onomatopoeic, or possibly an alteration of quaveren (see quaver), or from O.E. cwifer-, perhaps related to cwic "alive" (see quick).

quiver
"case for holding arrows," 1322, from Anglo-Fr. quiveir, O.Fr. quivre, probably from P.Gmc. *kukur "container" (cf. O.H.G. kohhari, O.Fris. koker, O.E. cocur "quiver"); said to be from the language of the Huns.
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Quiver definition


the sheath for arrows. The Hebrew word (aspah) thus commonly rendered is found in Job 39:23; Ps. 127:5; Isa. 22:6; 49:2; Jer. 5:16; Lam. 3:13. In Gen. 27:3 this word is the rendering of the Hebrew _teli_, which is supposed rather to mean a suspended weapon, literally "that which hangs from one", i.e., is suspended from the shoulder or girdle.

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Example sentences
Although few residents of the small town were frightened by the tremor,
  everyone felt the ground quiver, and homes shake.
We would then find ourselves in the same situation, but with one less arrow in
  our quiver.
BC with metalworking tools, a quiver of fine arrows.
And it adds another arrow in our quiver of methods to detect other planets.
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