shudders, shuddering, shuddered
1) VERB If you shudder, you shake with fear, horror, or disgust, or because you are cold.

[V prep/adv] Lloyd had urged her to eat caviar. She had shuddered at the thought...

[V prep/adv] Elaine shuddered with cold. [Also V]

N-COUNT: usu sing
Shudder is also a noun.

She gave a violent shudder... She recoiled with a shudder.

2) VERB If something such as a machine or vehicle shudders, it shakes suddenly and violently.

[V prep/adv] The train began to pull out of the station - then suddenly shuddered to a halt...

The whole ship shuddered and trembled at the sudden strain.

3) N-COUNT If something sends a shudder or shudders through a group of people, it makes them worried or afraid.

The next crisis sent a shudder of fear through the UN community...

The word still causes a shudder among some of my students.

4) PHRASE: V inflects, usu PHR wh (feelings) If you say that you shudder to think what would happen in a particular situation, you mean that you expect it to be so bad that you do not really want to think about it.

I shudder to think what would have happened if he hadn't acted as quickly as he did.

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