tremor

noun
trem·​or | \ ˈtre-mər How to pronounce tremor (audio) \

Definition of tremor

1a : a trembling or shaking usually from physical weakness, emotional stress, or disease
b : nervous excitement
2 : a quivering or vibratory motion especially : a discrete small movement following or preceding a major seismic event
3a : a feeling of uncertainty or insecurity a tremor of hesitation
b : a cause of such a feeling

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Synonyms for tremor

Synonyms

earthquake, quake, shake, temblor

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Examples of tremor in a Sentence

Small tremors were still being felt several days after the earthquake. I heard a tremor in her voice. His tremors were caused by the disease.
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The remaining 239 people who were underground when the tremor occurred escaped to the surface safely. Jordan Blum, Houston Chronicle, "Major methane study complicates plans of oil and gas industry," 21 June 2018 Its laughable 11-mpg thirst is as charming as the characteristic tremor of a small-block at idle. Eric Tingwall, Car and Driver, "BMW M5 vs. Cadillac CTS-V, Mercedes-AMG E63 S, Porsche Panamera Turbo," 21 Mar. 2018 The overall tone and tremor of Everything Was Beautiful, and Nothing Hurt? Philly.com, "Album reviews: Car Seat Headrest, The Breeders, Moby," 1 Mar. 2018 If a customer with a once-steady hand develops a tremor, her automobile insurance company might get worried. Stacy Cowley, The Seattle Times, "Banks and retailers are tracking how you type, swipe and tap while browsing online," 13 Aug. 2018 Early signs include a slight tremor or slowed movement. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Alan Alda Reveals He Has Parkinson's Disease in Inspiring New Interview," 31 July 2018 Symptoms include agitation, hypertonia (too much muscle tone resulting in stiffness), hypotonia (too little muscle tone resulting in floppiness), tremors, drowsiness, and more. Korin Miller, SELF, "What to Know About Getting Pregnant If You Take Antipsychotics," 17 Jan. 2019 The tremors occurred at the Pacific Ocean-floor ridge that separates the Juan de Fuca Plate and its western neighbor, the Pacific Plate. Agueda Pacheco-flores, The Seattle Times, "Powerful earthquakes strike off Canada’s coast. Here’s what it means for us in Washington state," 22 Oct. 2018 This is the first time that a seismometer — which measures tremors in the planet — has ever been deployed on Mars, and researchers can’t wait to get their hands on the data that this instrument will send back. Mary Beth Griggs, The Verge, "Mars orbiter sends a picture-perfect postcard back to Earth," 21 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of tremor

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for tremor

Middle English tremour, from Anglo-French tremor, from Latin, from tremere

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tremor

noun

English Language Learners Definition of tremor

: a shaking movement of the ground before or after an earthquake
: a slight shaking movement or sound that is caused especially by nervousness, weakness, or illness

tremor

noun
trem·​or | \ ˈtre-mər How to pronounce tremor (audio) \

Kids Definition of tremor

1 : a trembling or shaking especially from weakness or disease
2 : a shaking motion of the earth during an earthquake

tremor

noun
trem·​or | \ ˈtrem-ər How to pronounce tremor (audio) \

Medical Definition of tremor

: a trembling or shaking usually from physical weakness, emotional stress, or disease tremors of the hands

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