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SHIVE, n. Also sheive. A slice (of bread) (Sc. 1741 A. M'Donald Galick Vocab. 21, Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.; Peb., Bwk., s.Sc. 1970). Also in Eng. dial. Hence shiver, a contrivance for slicing bread. [ʃɑev] Dmf. 1757  Dmf. Testaments MS. XIV. 392:
A marking iron, a shiver frame.
Sc. 1802  Young Beichan in
Child Ballads (1882) I. 469:
Gie me a shive of your white bread.
Dmf. 1823  J. Kennedy Poems 70:
The wheaten loaf in mony a shive.
Slk. 1836  Fraser's Mag. (May) 617:
As I'm spreadin' this shive o' bread.
Rxb. 1868  Trans. Hawick Arch. Soc. 27:
Eleven cups o' tea and eight shives o' bread.
Kcb. 1899  Gallovidian I. 15:
A shive or twa o' broon Geordie.
Rxb. 1927  Spectator (3 Dec.) 979:
A slice of bread, etc., cut carefully was a “shive”.

[Early Mid.Eng. schive, O.E. * scīfe, ablaut variant of Sheave, q.v.]

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