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

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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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More severe cases can include a high fever, head and body aches, disorientation, tremors and convulsions, according to the NSMAD website. Genevieve Bookwalter,, "Mosquitoes in Evanston and 2 other North Shore towns test positive for West Nile virus," 28 June 2018 The absence of his snoring keeps her awake; the mattress no longer tremorswith every shift of his body. Hartford Courant,, "The Poems Of Aaron Caycedo-Kimura: Honoring Ones Parents," 13 June 2018 Characterized by muscle stiffness and tremors, Parkinson's is caused by the death of dopamine-producing neurons in a section of the midbrain. Ferris Jabr, Scientific American, "How the Brain Gets Addicted to Gambling," 14 May 2018 Side effects may include irritability, agitation, nausea, palpitations, tremor, and accidie. John E. Mcintyre,, "I'm always at the desk," 12 May 2018 Those cases are identified by symptoms like stiff neck, disorientation, tremors, and partial paralysis; these typically last longer (as in weeks or months) than the more minor symptoms of West Nile fever (which tend to linger for a few days). Emma Sarran Webster, Allure, "What You Should Know About the Rise of Insect-Spread Diseases," 3 May 2018 Symptoms include tremors, stiffness and difficulty balancing, walking and coordinating movement. Karen Mizoguchi,, "Neil Diamond to Receive Songwriters Hall of Fame's Highest Honor," 20 Mar. 2018 If a person becomes addicted to inhalants, withdrawal symptoms can include nausea, tremors, irritability, problems sleeping and mood changes. Kashmira Gander, Newsweek, "What Is Huffing? Man Found Dead in New York Beside 22 Aerosol Cans and One in His Mouth," 19 Feb. 2018 Like most earthquakes, the 7.1 magnitude tremor that struck Mexico on Tuesday, September 19, and claimed at least 286 lives, doled out its destruction unevenly. Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "Mexico's Tourism Braces for Impact After a Series of Earthquakes," 22 Sep. 2017

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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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