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


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 quake was centered 11 miles from Ridgecrest, the site where a 6.4-magnitude tremor hit a day earlier. Fox News, "Californians brace for aftershocks after pair of potent quakes; governor confident about federal commitment to assist state," 6 July 2019 Even so, the result amounts to a political tremor that was much predicted, though perhaps not the Big One that some had expected. The Economist, "Britain’s major parties are weaker than ever before," 7 June 2019 What's most important to keep in mind about modern eruptions is that agencies around the world are keeping a close watch on supervolcanoes like Yellowstone, monitoring their every tremor and magma-laden belch. National Geographic, "How dangerous are supervolcanoes? Get the facts.," 19 Mar. 2019 Brian watched her essential tremors worsen, a gentle bobbing of her head. Heather Gillers, WSJ, "‘I Was Hoping to Be Retired’: The Cost of Supporting Parents and Adult Children," 16 Nov. 2018 This is serious, different, and while most of the world may be insulated from fallout of this attack, the tremors of the response will likely be felt in relations between capitals around the world. Nic Robertson, CNN, "Why Houthis have added fuel to fire with missile attacks on Saudi Arabia," 26 Mar. 2018 Astrophysicists recently tuned in to the tremors of faraway black hole collisions using the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO). Quanta Magazine, "Plunge Into a (Virtual Reality) Black Hole," 4 Dec. 2017 Large tremors tend to be followed by tougher building regulations. The Economist, "Why Japanese houses have such limited lifespans," 15 Mar. 2018 Levine started conducting from a chair in late 2001 and tremors in his left arm and leg became noticeable a few years later. CBS News, "Met Opera fires longtime conductor James Levine after sexual abuse investigation," 12 Mar. 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 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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