trem·​or | \ˈtre-mər \

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


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 tremor triggered landslides that crushed homes and forced a nuclear power plant onto a backup generator after it was damaged. Fox News, "At least 7 dead, dozens feared buried after quake hits northern Japan," 2 Oct. 2018 Those trends reversed in July, when the company sent tremors through the stock market by warning that its growth was slowing, an announcement that chopped almost $120 billion from the firm’s market value. Deepa Seetharaman, WSJ, "Instagram Co-Founders to Step Down From Facebook," 25 Sep. 2018 But in the case of Zinedine Zidane, the shock announcement of the Frenchman's departure from the Bernabeu has sent tremors reverberating around not only the Spanish capital, but the footballing world as a whole., "Why Zidane Should Be Remembered as the Champions League's Greatest Head Coach in Wake of Madrid Exit," 31 May 2018 Mecklenburg County Jail The brazen level of violence behind the Londons' deaths sent tremors through both the court system and communities far removed from normal gang activity. Michael Gordon, charlotteobserver, "Last of 12 Bloods linked to killings of Lake Wylie couple get life in prison | Charlotte Observer," 14 May 2018 In August 2015, as the government intervened aggressively to halt a rout on the Shanghai and Shenzhen stock exchanges, the central bank abruptly changed how the yuan traded day-to-day against the dollar, sending tremors through world markets., "The New Head of China’s Money Machine Faces a Delicate Balancing Act," 19 Mar. 2018 The deal sent tremors through the grocery business as analysts predicted Amazon's weight with suppliers could force down already thin grocery margins and accelerate a move to near-instant ordering and delivery. Elizabeth Weise, USA TODAY, "Amazon starts free, 2-hour Whole Foods deliveries in fresh test of grocery model," 8 Feb. 2018 The rule book is now changing, a shift that is sending tremors through the financial markets. Matt Phillips, New York Times, "Dow Jones and S.&P. Slide Again, Dropping by More Than 4%," 5 Feb. 2018 The new tremors were recorded just on the boundary of where the fault zone is located. 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

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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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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 \

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 \

Medical Definition of tremor 

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

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