tremble

verb
trem·​ble | \ ˈtrem-bəl How to pronounce tremble (audio) \
trembled; trembling\ ˈtrem-​b(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce trembling (audio) \

Definition of tremble

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

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

tremble

noun

Definition of tremble (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an act or instance of trembling especially : a fit or spell of involuntary shaking or quivering
2 trembles plural in form but singular in construction : 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

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Other Words from tremble

Verb

trembler \ ˈtrem-​b(ə-​)lər How to pronounce trembler (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for tremble

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of tremble in a Sentence

Verb His arms and legs began to tremble. My voice trembled as I began to speak. I opened the letter with trembling hands. The house trembled as the big truck drove by. Noun with a tremble, she ventured out into the snow
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Symptoms include nausea, trembling, a rapid heart rate, and intense sweating. Jasmine Grant, Essence, "Summer Walker Addresses Critics Who Don't Believe She Has Social Anxiety," 27 Nov. 2019 The historian Suetonius writes that a soldier discovered Claudius, who had tried to hide, trembling in the palace. Amanda Foreman, WSJ, "At Age 50, a Time of Second Acts," 28 June 2018 Then, in a soft but shaky voice, his head trembling, Mr. Wujodi begins explaining the verses. Mujib Mashal, New York Times, "In a Quiet Corner, an Old Afghan Poet Polishes ‘the Heart’s Mirror’," 25 Oct. 2019 Mummies are ancient artifacts that speak to the mysteries that congregate at the trembling border between life and death. Washington Post, "Knock yourself out in the Ether Dome," 9 Oct. 2019 When all connections had been sealed and the perfusionist began to slowly warm the blood, Lefrak released the cross-clamp on the aorta and the new heart began to tremble. oregonlive, "The tragic, redemptive journey of one human heart," 5 Oct. 2019 The asphalt trembled as ship whistles blasted: man overboard. David Canfield, EW.com, "Read a creepy first excerpt from George A. Romero's posthumous The Living Dead novel," 23 Sep. 2019 There have been occasions already this season that will leave opposing teams watching on trembling in their boots. SI.com, "Kevin De Bruyne: How Man City's Returning Hero Is an Invaluable Asset to an Already Outstanding Team," 25 Aug. 2019 Lowe said of Dovantae’s siblings, who stood by Loretto’s emergency room entrance, one of them with trembling hands, as Jackson coaxed her to sit down. Alice Yin, chicagotribune.com, "15-year-old boy killed in Austin shooting, just days before he would have started high school," 1 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Analyses are getting better, and data are accruing on seismometers around the world that are constantly listening for our planet’s every tremble. Maya Wei-haas, National Geographic, "Earth's inner core is doing something weird," 19 Aug. 2019 Alexis Taylor croons in a high, understanding tremble, and Joe Goddard offers plummy, sad ballast. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Hot Chip Hones the Meaning of ‘Ecstasy’," 25 June 2019 The faint signal, which came on April 6, is the first tremble that scientists believe comes from the Martian interior, rather than from surface forces, such as wind. National Geographic, "First 'marsquake' detected by NASA lander," 23 Apr. 2019 Instead, its trembles are thought to come from the slow cooling of the planet over time, which causes the orb to contract and develop fractures on its surface. National Geographic, "First 'marsquake' detected by NASA lander," 23 Apr. 2019 Feel a tremble in your stomach, in your chest, in your fingertips. Shelly Oria, Longreads, "How to Be Single," 2 July 2018 The 28-year-old record for NCAA tournament 3-point shots, the 21 by Loyola Marymount in 1990 against Michigan, began a rare tremble. Chuck Culpepper, chicagotribune.com, "An efficiency of movement: Villanova's offense takes over," 1 Apr. 2018 The researchers have installed a complex network of sensors that monitor Mayon’s every tremble and burp and are using their vast amounts of knowledge garnered from past events to interpret the volcano’s every shiver. Maya Wei-haas, Smithsonian, "Geology Makes the Mayon Volcano Visually Spectacular—And Dangerously Explosive," 19 Jan. 2018 The 17-year-old says nothing, but his lower lip trembles. Washington Post, "The story must be told.," 3 Nov. 2017

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First Known Use of tremble

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1609, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for tremble

Verb

Middle English, from Anglo-French trembler, from Medieval Latin tremulare, from Latin tremulus tremulous, from tremere to tremble; akin to Greek tremein to tremble

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The first known use of tremble was in the 14th century

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10 Dec 2019

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“Tremble.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tremble?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=t&file=trembl01. Accessed 10 December 2019.

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More Definitions for tremble

tremble

verb
How to pronounce tremble (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of tremble

: to shake slightly because you are afraid, nervous, excited, etc.
: to shake slightly because of some force
somewhat formal : to be afraid or nervous

tremble

verb
trem·​ble | \ ˈtrem-bəl How to pronounce tremble (audio) \
trembled; trembling

Kids Definition of tremble

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to shake without control (as from fear or cold) : shiver
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 : to have strong fear or doubt I tremble to think of what might happen.

tremble

noun

Kids Definition of tremble (Entry 2 of 2)

: the act or a period of shaking

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