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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

Full Definition of tremble

trem·bledtrem·bling play \-b(ə-)liŋ\

  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>

trem·bler play \-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


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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

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



1609

First Known Use of tremble

1609



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