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The golden moments in the stream of life rush past us, and we see nothing but sand; the angels come to visit us, and we only know them when they are gone.
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Etymology 1

From a Germanic word, probably present in Old English though unattested, cognate with Old High German scivaro (German Shiefer ‘slate’).

Noun

Singular
shiver

Plural
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shiver ({{{1}}})

1. a fragment or splinter, especially of glass or stone

2. the reaction when the body goes into the early stages of hypothermia.

Verb

Infinitive
to shiver

Third person singular
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Simple past
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Past participle
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Present participle
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to shiver (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. to break into splinters or fragments
    • 1904: he found a plaster bust of Napoleon, which stood with several other works of art upon the counter, lying shivered into fragments. — Arthur Conan Doyle, ‘The Adventure of the Six Napoleons’ (Norton 2005, p.1034)
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Etymology 2

Origin uncertain, perhaps an alteration of chavel.

Verb

Infinitive
to shiver

Third person singular
-

Simple past
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Past participle
-

Present participle
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to shiver (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. To tremble or shake, especially when cold or frightened.
    They stood outside for hours, shivering in the frosty air.
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Noun

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shiver

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shiver ({{{1}}})
  1. The act or result of shivering.
    A shiver went up my spine.

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