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
shake with fast, tremulous movements
the act of vibrating
case for holding arrows
v move back and forth very rapidly
n a shaky motion
(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)
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