To separate suddenly into many small pieces or parts; to be shattered. There shiver shafts upon shields thick. (Chaucer) The natural world, should gravity once cease, . . . Would instantly shiver into millions of atoms. (woodward)
6. A spindle.
Origin: OE. Schivere, fr. Shive; cf. G. Schifer a splinter, slate, OHG. Scivere a splinter, Dan. & Sw. Skifer a slate. See Shive, and cf. Skever.