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tremble

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intransitive verb trem·ble \ˈtrem-bəl\

Simple Definition of tremble

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

  • : to shake slightly because of some force

  • : to be afraid or nervous

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of tremble

trembled

trembling

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  1. 1 :  to shake involuntarily (as with fear or cold) :  shiver

  2. 2 :  to move, sound, pass, or come to pass as if shaken or tremulous <the building trembled from the blast>

  3. 3 :  to be affected with great fear or anxiety <trembled for the safety of her child>

trembler

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Examples of tremble in a sentence

  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 and Etymology 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


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tremble

noun trem·ble

Definition of tremble

  1. 1 :  an act or instance of trembling; especially :  a fit or spell of involuntary shaking or quivering

  2. 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 in a sentence

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



1609

First Known Use of tremble

1609


TREMBLE Defined for Kids

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tremble

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verb trem·ble \ˈtrem-bəl\

Definition of tremble for Students

trembled

trembling

  1. 1 :  to shake without control (as from fear or cold) :  shiver

  2. 2 :  to move, sound, or happen as if shaken <My voice trembled.> <Just at this moment Stuart … felt the whole ship tremble … with the force of the collision. — E. B. White, Stuart Little>

  3. 3 :  to have strong fear or doubt <I tremble to think of what might happen.>




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tremble

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noun trem·ble

Definition of tremble for Students

  1. :  the act or a period of shaking





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