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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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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Recent Examples on the Web Video game enthusiasts may have felt a tremor in their wallets when a potential price for the upcoming PlayStation 5 console showed up online Wednesday. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, "Possible leaked PlayStation 5 price would set new high mark, but it's likely not real," 11 June 2020 The Elazig convulsion, and a much smaller tremor this week, add urgency to warnings by officials and scientists of a calamity. Taylan Bilgic,, "Istanbul Earthquake Warnings Underlined by Eastern Turkey Tremor," 10 May 2020 The effect was most famous in essential tremor, another neurological condition that’s often of unexplained cause, this one characterized by involuntary rhythmic shaking. Eric Boodman, STAT, "The vodka trial: In search of a treatment for vocal disorders, a researcher puts patient anecdotes to the test," 10 Feb. 2020 As seems to be the case with humans, the paper also notes synthetic cannabinoids may result in more severe symptoms for pets, such as tremors, aggression, and seizures. Marion Renault, Popular Science, "Can you overdose on weed?," 21 June 2019 The tremors of 1906 ripped gas mains throughout the city, causing flames to lash through its neighborhoods. Rachel Swan,, "Despite coronavirus, SF firefighters quietly commemorate 1906 earthquake," 18 Apr. 2020 Never in recent decades has America suffered a deterioration in our economic outlook as swift and shocking as the tremors of the past five weeks caused by the coronavirus crisis. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "Will ‘The Great Cessation’ be worse than the Great Recession? Here’s what we can tell so far," 25 Mar. 2020 In 1906, with the tremors of the catastrophic San Francisco Earthquake still reverberating throughout the West Coast, an intrepid group of Sunset writers and editors banded together to put out an emergency edition for a shocked region. Matt Bean, Sunset Magazine, "We’re in This Together," 16 Mar. 2020 Cases in Iraq, Afghanistan, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Lebanon, the United Arab Emirates — even one in Canada — have all been traced to Iran, sending tremors of fear rippling out from Kabul to Beirut. David D. Kirkpatrick, New York Times, "‘Recipe for a Massive Viral Outbreak’: Iran Emerges as a Worldwide Threat," 24 Feb. 2020

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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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16 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Tremor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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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


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


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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