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 Cuomo understood that the hair-metal-to-grunge shift was less a seismic cultural tremor than a great communal shoulder shrug: One day Warrant was on MTV, then the next day Alice in Chains was, and the world adjusted accordingly. Jon Dolan, Rolling Stone, 7 May 2021 Seismic Research Centre Director Erouscilla Joseph told Fox News that the team had begun to see the first seismic tremor in the area early Thursday morning. Julia Musto, Fox News, 15 Apr. 2021 Parkinson's patients typically experience a tremor, slowness of movement, stiffness, or gait and balance problems. Rachel Trent, CNN, 14 Apr. 2021 Scientists at the Belmont Observatory in St. Vincent observed a volcanic tremor on the island at about 3 a.m. local time, according to UWI-SRC. Todd Nelson, Star Tribune, 9 Apr. 2021 About 50% of students were estimated to die if a magnitude 6 or larger tremor shook the ground. Courtney Tanner, The Salt Lake Tribune, 28 Mar. 2021 The tremor in my left hand has somehow begun to assert itself in my right hand as well, hence my typing becomes blighted by too many errors. Cathleen Schine, The New York Review of Books, 16 Mar. 2021 The tremor was the strongest to strike the region since the one that had decimated Mexico City 32 years earlier to the day. New York Times, 15 Mar. 2021 The tremor was, after all, the biggest to hit Japan since 2011, when a megaquake set off a deadly tsunami that caused the meltdown of three reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex. Gavin Blair, The Christian Science Monitor, 26 Feb. 2021

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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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12 May 2021

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“Tremor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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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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