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quiver1

[kwiv-er] /ˈkwɪv ər/
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
1480-1490
1480-90; origin uncertain; compare Middle Dutch quiveren to tremble
Related forms
quiverer, noun
quiveringly, adverb
quivery, adjective
unquivered, adjective
unquivering, adjective
Synonyms
1. quake, shudder, shiver. See shake. 2. shudder, shiver, shake.

quiver2

[kwiv-er] /ˈkwɪv ər/
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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Examples for quiver
  • Although few residents of the small town were frightened by the tremor, everyone felt the ground quiver, and homes shake.
  • When threatened, the bird will let its wings hang limply and quiver violently.
  • The floor shuddered and started to quiver as a roar filled the cavernous hall.
  • That thought alone made him quiver.
  • It was heartbreaking to see how if the routine was interrupted or just did not work she would quiver with frustration.
  • 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.
  • The limbs will quiver and move after the soul is gone.
  • And it adds another arrow in our quiver of methods to detect other planets.
  • Her little book so full of promise and quiver ends up soggy and damp.
British Dictionary definitions for quiver

quiver1

/ˈkwɪvə/
verb
1.
(intransitive) to shake with a rapid tremulous movement; tremble
noun
2.
the state, process, or noise of shaking or trembling
Derived Forms
quiverer, noun
quivering, adjective
quiveringly, adverb
quivery, adjective
Word Origin
C15: from obsolete cwiver quick, nimble; compare quaver

quiver2

/ˈkwɪvə/
noun
1.
a case for arrows
Word Origin
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 and History for quiver
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 in the Bible

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.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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