Shiver Shiv"er, n. [OE. schivere, fr. shive; cf. G. schifer a splinter, slate, OHG. scivere a splinter, Dan. & Sw. skifer a slate. See {Shive}, and cf. {Skever}.] 1. One of the small pieces, or splinters, into which a brittle thing is broken by sudden violence; -- generally used in the plural. ``All to shivers dashed.'' --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. A thin slice; a shive. [Obs. or Prov. Eng.] ``A shiver of their own loaf.'' --Fuller. [1913 Webster]

Of your soft bread, not but a shiver. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

3. (Geol.) A variety of blue slate. [1913 Webster]

4. (Naut.) A sheave or small wheel in a pulley. [1913 Webster]

5. A small wedge, as for fastening the bolt of a window shutter. [1913 Webster]

6. A spindle. [Obs. or Prov. Eng.] [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.