tremble


1trem·ble

intransitive verb \ˈtrem-bəl\

: to shake slightly because you are afraid, nervous, excited, etc.

: to shake slightly because of some force

: to be afraid or nervous

trem·bledtrem·bling \-b(ə-)liŋ\

Full Definition of TREMBLE

1
:  to shake involuntarily (as with fear or cold) :  shiver
2
:  to move, sound, pass, or come to pass as if shaken or tremulous <the building trembled from the blast>
3
:  to be affected with great fear or anxiety <trembled for the safety of her child>
trem·bler \-b(ə-)lər\ noun

Examples of TREMBLE

  1. His arms and legs began to tremble.
  2. My voice trembled as I began to speak.
  3. I opened the letter with trembling hands.
  4. The house trembled as the big truck drove by.

Origin of TREMBLE

Middle English, from Anglo-French trembler, from Medieval Latin tremulare, from Latin tremulus tremulous, from tremere to tremble; akin to Greek tremein to tremble
First Known Use: 14th century

2tremble

noun

Definition of TREMBLE

1
:  an act or instance of trembling; especially :  a fit or spell of involuntary shaking or quivering
2
plural but sing in constr :  severe poisoning of livestock and especially cattle by a toxic alcohol present in a snakeroot (Eupatorium rugosum) and rayless goldenrod that is characterized especially by muscular tremors, weakness, and constipation

Examples of TREMBLE

  1. <with a tremble, she ventured out into the snow>

First Known Use of TREMBLE

1609

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