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

quiver, shiver, shudder

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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

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 Symptoms of distemper include eye and nose discharge, sneezing, coughing, vomiting or trembling in a dog. Rocky Baier, azcentral, "Maricopa County's Mesa animal shelter to remain under quarantine until July 1," 19 June 2019 When Brown’s voice trembled, Toney Chaplin, assistant San Francisco police chief, immediately broke from the circle and bounded toward her, pulling her into an embrace. Lauren Hernández, SFChronicle.com, "Family of slain San Francisco teen ask for help in solving case," 14 Aug. 2019 Old pillars of trans-Atlantic certainty, and possibly complacency, have begun to tremble. Alan Cowell, New York Times, "D-Day in Photos: Heroes of a More Certain Time," 6 June 2019 In an economic conflict, there are more decision-makers, more chances for trembling hands, and less of an understanding of the carnage that can be wreaked from an all-out economic conflict. Daniel W. Drezner, Twin Cities, "Daniel Drezner: This trade war will get out of control," 7 Aug. 2019 To tell the most important promise of our life to each other in front of everyone in such a stunning setting made our voices tremble and eyes wet. Vogue, "This Wedding in Lake Como Was Inspired by the Couple’s Russian Heritage—And Burning Man," 4 Aug. 2019 These people are not so much angry as terrified, with the kind of terror that makes knees tremble. David Remnick, The New Yorker, "What Toni Morrison Understood About Hate," 9 Aug. 2019 Like an earthquake, the ground shook and trembled violently. John D'anna, azcentral, "A young engineer trainee found himself at the Apollo 11 launch with Barry Goldwater," 16 July 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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tremble

verb

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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