Main definitions of quiver in English

: quiver1quiver2

quiver1

verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • 1Tremble or shake with a slight rapid motion.

    ‘the tree's branches stopped quivering’
    ‘Juliet's lower lip quivered’
    • ‘The earth shook and quivered underfoot.’
    • ‘The leaves shook and quivered.’
    • ‘We also have the species Astrantia major with green flowers filled with pinkish stamen which quiver in the slightest of breezes.’
    • ‘She brought the feather up to look at it and it quivered in the slight breeze.’
    • ‘Swung around the head by a string they produce quivering vibrations in the air and have particular significance for initiation rites.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I loved the way that the stage just transformed itself with quivering strands of material.’
    • ‘And it was a relief when Jude swung the steel-hooked gaffing pole over the side, and hauled on board a solid, quivering muscle of a fish.’
    • ‘I used to love doing that, jumping feet first into quivering mountains of brown and red, kicking my way through the gutters where the leaves collected best.’
    • ‘The flame quivered a little more then went out.’
    • ‘At the microscopic level of nature, everything is vibrant - sap flowing, leaves and blades of grass quivering in the wind - but the eye can hardly see them.’
    • ‘She was met with the tip of a black sword quivering centimeters away from her nose.’
    tremble, shake, shiver, quaver, quake, shudder, convulse
    flutter, agitate, vibrate, flap, beat
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    1. 1.1with object Cause (something) to make a slight rapid motion.
      ‘the bird runs along in a zigzag path, quivering its wings’
      • ‘The female continued to give the high-pitched call and quiver her wings for another 20 seconds.’
      • ‘At over 350 quid the boss is likely to quiver his bottom lip but my mind is made up, I want one.’
      • ‘Some of the images here caused even this reviewer to quiver a jaded eyebrow.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Her eyes were closed, and she was quivering her lips like an opera singer, though it wasn't affecting her singing at all.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He quivers his right foot and steers the discussion to the counseling programs he has supported for war veterans.’

noun

  • A slight trembling movement or sound, especially one caused by a sudden strong emotion.

    ‘she couldn't help the quiver in her voice’
    • ‘Although she had intended to sound indignant, the quiver in her voice betrayed the chuckle she was controlling.’
    • ‘She said, louder this time, and with a quiver in her voice.’
    • ‘She was proud of herself for keeping the quiver from her voice.’
    • ‘Yes, it was strictly the challenge that appealed to him, he told himself, ignoring a sudden quiver of breath.’
    • ‘He ignored the slight quiver in his voice; after all, these English rooms echoed so oddly.’
    • ‘There's just something in that voice, that slight quiver that lets you know he isn't hiding behind anything.’
    • ‘He tried to keep his tone matter-of-fact and business-like, but he couldn't completely hide the quiver of emotion as he spoke of leaving her.’
    • ‘Her body froze as she saw the words, the words that made her quiver with fear.’
    • ‘Amy's voice filled the room, a slight, underlying quiver in her tone, as if she didn't want to hear more.’
    • ‘Steel and acoustic guitars, fiddles, banjo, piano, accordion, harmonica, brass and upright bass create a bulbous, classic sound haunted by the quivers of musical saws and other alien devices.’
    • ‘I noticed a slight quiver in the man's lips, and to my surprise, he dropped his gun, staggered away, and collapsed to his knees.’
    • ‘I silently cursed myself for the quiver in my voice.’
    • ‘The anger in her face could make the bravest man in the world quiver in fear.’
    • ‘He sounded calm, but I caught a quiver in his voice.’
    • ‘The only indication was the slight quiver of his upper lip as his eyes bore into James.’
    • ‘He had noticed her shaking and the slight quiver in her voice as she finished her story.’
    • ‘His face was calm, but the slight quiver in his words betrayed him.’
    • ‘Her hands trembled, a fine quiver that rippled through her body.’
    tremor, tremble, shake, shaking, shakiness, shiver, frisson, chill, vibration, quaver, quake, shudder, flutter, oscillation, fluctuation, waver, ripple, falter
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Origin

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

Pronunciation

quiver

/ˈkwɪvə/

Main definitions of quiver in English

: quiver1quiver2

quiver2

noun

  • 1An archer's portable case for holding arrows.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Around the archer's waist and legs were 15 arrowheads, suggesting that a quiver of hafted arrows had been scattered over his lower body and legs, but the bow had long since rotted away.’
    • ‘He carried a longbow and a quiver of arrows and a sword-belt was at his side, although no sword was visible.’
    • ‘A yew longbow rested on his shoulder; the hawk feather fletched arrows were in the quiver on the other.’
    • ‘In the center was an enormous longbow with a quiver of arrows beside it on its own peg.’
    • ‘Archers quickly exhausted quiver after quiver of arrows from their yew longbows.’
    • ‘Lying at their feet were two new swords and a crossbow complete with a full quiver of arrows.’
    • ‘Slung across her back was a large crossbow and quiver of arrows.’
    • ‘Archers drew their arrows from their quivers and readied to fire.’
    • ‘He carried a small longbow and a quiver of arrows over his back.’
    • ‘A tall woman stomped into the clearing, holding a longbow and a quiver of arrows.’
    • ‘These include the bow and the basic accessories hunters need, such as a sight, quiver and arrow rest.’
    • ‘At the time of his death, Otzi was carrying an unfinished longbow, a quiver of unfinished arrows and a backpack.’
    • ‘She unstrung it and put the bowstring in a pouch at her belt, and found a quiver and arrows with black fletching.’
    • ‘Joshua could make out that while some archers carried one quiver of arrows, many carried up to three.’
    • ‘She dressed in green and carried a longbow and a quiver of arrows on her back.’
    • ‘All carried longbows and a quiver full of arrows behind their backs.’
    • ‘I packed my quiver full of arrows along with my armguard and left the palace.’
    • ‘His sword was sheathed, and his arrows still in their quiver.’
    • ‘Smoothly, he drew another arrow from the quiver and nocked it to the bow.’
    1. 1.1 A set of surfboards of different lengths and shapes for use with different types of waves.
      ‘he had created a whole new quiver of boards specifically for Hawaii’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘That quiver idea sounds so simple and good: have a board for several ranges of wave size and conditions.’
      • ‘No need to bring your own surfboard; the Cascade travels with a diverse quiver of more than 60 boards.’
      • ‘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.’

Phrases

  • an arrow in the quiver

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

      ‘improving communication is another arrow in the quiver that prison officers and staff have’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

quiver

/ˈkwɪvə/