quiver




Scaredy cats around the globe know that quivering is a trembling, shaking motion. A cold gust of wind might make you quiver, as would an icy glare from the abominable snowman.

The verb to quiver means to shudder, wobble, or vibrate, often from fear. But the noun quiver? It’s actually the carrying case for your arrows, just the kind of thing Robin Hood would have strapped to his back. So imagine one of his arrows sailing through the air, hitting a tree with a hearty whack!, and then quivering there for a few seconds.

Definitions of quiver
  1. verb

    shake with fast, tremulous movements

    synonyms:
    palpitate, quake
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    type of:

    tremble

    move or jerk quickly and involuntarily up and down or sideways

  2. verb

    move back and forth very rapidly

    synonyms:
    flicker, flitter, flutter, waver
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    type of:

    move back and forth

    move in one direction and then into the opposite direction

  3. verb

    move with or as if with a regular alternating motion

    synonyms:
    beat, pulsate

    pulsate, pulse, throb

    expand and contract rhythmically; beat rhythmically
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    type of:

    move

    move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion

  4. noun

    the act of vibrating

    synonyms:
    quivering, vibration
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    types:

    shudder, tremor

    an involuntary vibration (as if from illness or fear)
    type of:

    motility, motion, move, movement

    a change of position that does not entail a change of location

  5. noun

    a shaky motion

    synonyms:
    palpitation, quivering, shakiness, shaking, trembling, vibration
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    types:

    tremolo

    (music) a tremulous effect produced by rapid repetition of a single tone or rapid alternation of two tones
    tremor

    shaking or trembling (usually resulting from weakness or stress or disease)
    essential tremor

    tremor of unknown cause (usually of the hands and head) that develops in older people; often mistaken for Parkinsonism but is not life-threatening and can usually be kept under control
    type of:

    motion

    a state of change

  6. noun

    an almost pleasurable sensation of fright

    synonyms:
    chill, frisson, shiver, shudder, thrill, tingle
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    type of:

    fear, fearfulness, fright

    an emotion experienced in anticipation of some specific pain or danger (usually accompanied by a desire to flee or fight)

  7. noun

    case for holding arrows

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    type of:

    case

    a portable container for carrying several objects

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