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tremble

verb trem·ble \ ˈtrem-bəl \
Updated on: 19 Nov 2017

Definition of tremble

trembled; trembling play \-b(ə-)liŋ\
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

trembler

play \-b(ə-)lər\ noun

Examples of tremble in a Sentence

  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.

Recent Examples of tremble from the Web

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Origin and Etymology 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


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tremble

noun

Definition of tremble

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

Examples of tremble in a Sentence

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

Recent Examples of tremble from the Web

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First Known Use of tremble

1609


TREMBLE Defined for English Language Learners

tremble

verb

Definition of tremble for English Language Learners

  • : to shake slightly because you are afraid, nervous, excited, etc.

  • : to shake slightly because of some force

  • : to be afraid or nervous


TREMBLE Defined for Kids

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tremble

verb trem·ble \ ˈtrem-bəl \

Definition of tremble for Students

trembled; trembling
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.

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tremble

noun

Definition of tremble for Students

: the act or a period of shaking


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