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.

Primary Meanings of quiver

1.
vn
shake with fast, tremulous movements
the act of vibrating
2.
n
case for holding arrows
Full Definitions of quiver
1

v shake with fast, tremulous movements

Synonyms:
palpitate, quake
Type of:
tremble
move or jerk quickly and involuntarily up and down or sideways

v move back and forth very rapidly

Synonyms:
flicker, flitter, flutter, waver
Type of:
move back and forth
move in one direction and then into the opposite direction

v move with or as if with a regular alternating motion

Synonyms:
beat, pulsate
pulsate, pulse, throb
expand and contract rhythmically; beat rhythmically
Type of:
move
move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion

n the act of vibrating

Synonyms:
quivering, vibration
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

n a shaky motion

Synonyms:
palpitation, quivering, shakiness, shaking, trembling, vibration
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

n an almost pleasurable sensation of fright

Synonyms:
chill, frisson, shiver, shudder, thrill, tingle
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)
2

n case for holding arrows

Type of:
case
a portable container for carrying several objects