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shiver

 [shiv´er]
1. a slight tremor.
2. to tremble slightly, as from cold.

shiv·er

(shiv'ĕr),
1. To shake or tremble, especially from cold.
2. A tremor; a slight chill.

shiver

(shĭv′ĕr) [ME. chiveren]
1. Involuntary increased muscle activity in response to fear, onset of fever, or exposure to cold. The activity leads to increased heat production.
2. To tremble or shake.

shiver

involuntary shaking of the body, as with cold. It is caused by contraction or twitching of the muscles, and is a physiological method of heat production in all animals.
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It made me shiver, because I ain't as brave as some people, but if I showed the white feather--well, I knowed better than do that.
And observing his sensations he noticed that he was beginning to shiver, without knowing whether it was from cold or from fear.
Nothing remained but to wait till daylight and to keep warm; for it was a cold, raw night for California, with just enough wind to pierce the skin and cause one to shiver.
It was cold and clammy, and made me shiver, but I did not care to stand up and run the risk of being discovered by his sharp eyes.
But never did he forget to shiver, nor to stumble where the footing was rough, nor to cry aloud at the bite of the lash.
But he said, and his voice was steady, and he still feigned to see with dull eyes and to shiver from his sickness:
I positively shiver when I hear the undertaker say at a funeral, `All who wish to see the remains please step this way.
I then reflected, and the thought made me shiver, that the creature whom I had left in my apartment might still be there, alive and walking about.
The tide was on the turn, and the horrid sand began to shiver.
He was dozing off; the feverish shiver had ceased, when suddenly something seemed to run over his arm and leg under the bedclothes.
At such a time I found out for certain, that this bleak place overgrown with nettles was the churchyard; and that Philip Pirrip, late of this parish, and also Georgiana wife of the above, were dead and buried; and that Alexander, Bartholomew, Abraham, Tobias, and Roger, infant children of the aforesaid, were also dead and buried; and that the dark flat wilderness beyond the churchyard, intersected with dykes and mounds and gates, with scattered cattle feeding on it, was the marshes; and that the low leaden line beyond, was the river; and that the distant savage lair from which the wind was rushing, was the sea; and that the small bundle of shivers growing afraid of it all and beginning to cry, was Pip.
My cold berth would swallow up like a chilly burial niche my bodily shivers and my mental excitement.