Simple Definition of tremor
: a shaking movement of the ground before or after an earthquake
: a slight shaking movement or sound that is caused especially by nervousness, weakness, or illness
Full Definition of tremor
1a : a trembling or shaking usually from physical weakness, emotional stress, or diseaseb : nervous excitement
2 : a quivering or vibratory motion; especially : a discrete small movement following or preceding a major seismic event
3a : a feeling of uncertainty or insecurity <a tremor of hesitation>b : a cause of such a feeling
Examples of tremor in a sentence
Small tremors were still being felt several days after the earthquake.
I heard a tremor in her voice.
His tremors were caused by the disease.
Origin and Etymology of tremor
Middle English tremour, from Anglo-French tremor, from Latin, from tremere
First Known Use: 14th century
TREMOR Defined for Kids
Definition of tremor for Students
1 : a trembling or shaking especially from weakness or disease
2 : a shaking motion of the earth during an earthquake
Medical Definition of tremor
: a trembling or shaking usually from physical weakness, emotional stress, or disease <tremors of the hands>
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