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:
    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 so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion
  4. noun
    the act of vibrating
    synonyms: quivering, vibration
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    shudder, tremor
    an involuntary vibration (as if from illness or fear)
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    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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    (music) a tremulous effect produced by rapid repetition of a single tone or rapid alternation of two tones
    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:
    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:
    a portable container for carrying several objects
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