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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 from the web for quivers
  • To keep stakes close at hand, he devised containers resembling the quivers that hold arrows.
  • Sometimes a lawyer can barely get a sentence out before the questioners leave her in quivers.
  • Instead of beating with a steady, controlled synchronous beat, the heart quivers.
  • Scrounging a fast buck, squirming in the interstices of society, he nevertheless quivers with patriotic righteousness.
  • Even in this, he practically quivers with a burning desire to do good.
  • Weston's clowning begins with some subtlety but becomes broader and broader until he is nothing but sweat and quivers.
  • Every word and image quivers with an anguished resonance.
  • The strange quivers and jolts corresponded to the world of vibrations and sensations to which she was acutely sensitive.
  • Archery parts and accessories for bows, broadheads, points and quivers.
  • During training, instructors will learn how to repair arrows, make basic bow repairs and make floor quivers.
British Dictionary definitions for quivers

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 quivers

quiver

v.

"to tremble," late 15c., perhaps imitative, or possibly an alteration of quaveren (see quaver), or from Old English cwifer- (in cwiferlice "zealously"), which is perhaps related to cwic "alive" (see quick). Related: Quivered; quivering. As a noun in this sense from 1715, from the verb.

n.

"case for holding arrows," early 14c., from Anglo-French quiveir, Old French quivre, cuivre, probably of Germanic origin, from Proto-Germanic *kukur "container" (cf. Old High German kohhari, German Köcher, Old Saxon kokar, Old Frisian koker, Old English cocur "quiver"); "said to be from the language of the Huns" [Barnhart]. Related: Quiverful.

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quivers 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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