Definition of tremolo
1a : the rapid reiteration of a musical tone or of alternating tones to produce a tremulous effectb : vocal vibrato especially when prominent or excessive
2 : a mechanical device in an organ for causing a tremulous effect
Recent Examples of tremolo from the Web
And his sing-songy voice, with its reedy tremolo, has a tendency to crack from time to time.
Stage lights come up as the organ’s tremolo fills the hall.
A few bars of barely felt hummingbird trills morphed into a section of full-throttle, aggressive tremolo bowing.
But so far the pertinent months are September and October, and only major metros like New York, Toronto, Chicago and Los Angeles are being surrounded by My Bloody Valentine’s patented walls of tremolo guitar, whispered vocals and relentless riffage.
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Origin and Etymology of tremolo
Italian, from tremolo tremulous, from Latin tremulus
First Known Use: circa 1801See Words from the same year
TREMOLO Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of tremolo for English Language Learners
music : a musical sound made by a voice or instrument that seems to shake
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