To separate suddenly into many small pieces or parts; to be shattered. "There shiver shafts upon shields thick." (Chaucer) "The natural world, should gravity once cease, . . . Would instantly shiver into millions of atoms." (Woodward)
6. A spindle.
Origin: OE. Schivere, fr. Shive; cf. G. Schifer a splinter, slate, OHG. Scivere a splinter, Dan. & Sw. Skifer a slate. See Shive, and cf. Skever.
(01 Mar 1998)
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