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trill

play
verb \ˈtril\

Definition of trill

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to flow in a small stream or in drops :  trickle

  3. 2 :  twirl, revolve

  4. transitive verb
  5. :  to cause to flow in a small stream



Origin of trill

Middle English; akin to Middle Dutch trillen to vibrate, Swedish trilla to roll


First Known Use: 14th century


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trill

noun

Simple Definition of trill

  • : the sound of going quickly back and forth many times between two musical notes that are close to each other

  • : a quick high sound that is repeated

Full Definition of trill

  1. 1a :  the alternation of two musical tones a diatonic second apart —called also shakeb :  vibratoc :  a rapid reiteration of the same tone especially on a percussion instrument

  2. 2 :  a sound resembling a musical trill :  warble

  3. 3a :  the rapid vibration of one speech organ against another (as of the tip of the tongue against the teethridge)b :  a speech sound made by a trill

Examples of trill

  1. She pronounces her r's with a trill.

  2. the trill of the bird



Origin of trill

Italian trillo probably of imitative origin


First Known Use: 1649


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trill

verb

Definition of trill

  • intransitive verb
    1. :  to play or sing with a trill :  quaver

    2. transitive verb
    3. :  to utter as or with or as if with a trill <trill the r>

    trill·er noun


    Circa 1667

    First Known Use of trill

    circa 1667


    TRILL Defined for Kids

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    trill

    play
    noun \ˈtril\

    Definition of trill

    1. 1 :  1warble 1

    2. 2 :  the rapid vibration of one speech organ against another (as the tongue against the teeth) <She pronounces r's with a trill.>

    3. 3 :  a quick movement back and forth between two musical tones one step apart




    2

    trill

    play
    verb

    Definition of trill

    trilledtrill·ing

    1. :  to utter as or with a trill





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