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.
Recent Examples on the Web The victory in Italian elections of the far-right and Euroskeptic leader Giorgia Meloni, who once wanted to ditch the euro currency, sent a tremor Monday through a European establishment worried about a new right-wing shift in Europe. Steven Erlanger,, 26 Sep. 2022 On the day of the tremor, Giuseppe Marra, a principal research scientist at the National Physical Laboratory in Teddington, England, was running an experiment that beamed an ultra-stable laser through underground fibre-optic cables. Jeffrey Marlow, The New Yorker, 26 July 2022 The earthquake followed several others that began the previous day, including a magnitude 6.4 tremor the previous night. Elaine Yu, WSJ, 18 Sep. 2022 Shura felt something like a tremor in her breastbone. Sana Krasikov, The New Yorker, 8 Aug. 2022 The California Governor's Office of Emergency Services said several aftershocks ranging from magnitude 2.5 to 4 were still hitting the region following the initial tremor. Jason Duaine Hahn,, 20 Dec. 2021 First, on July 31, an American drone missile struck a house in central Kabul, its tremor felt for several miles. Pamela Constable, Washington Post, 11 Aug. 2022 Just when fans think their favorite guys are settled, a tremor occurs and all of a sudden, a coach gets fired or an assistant leaves for a higher-profile and higher-paying job. Alex Vejar, The Salt Lake Tribune, 11 Aug. 2022 The tremor had forced hospital patients and medical staff in the city of Manila to evacuate. Landon Mion, Fox News, 27 July 2022 See More

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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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3 Oct 2022

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“Tremor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Oct. 2022.

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More Definitions for tremor


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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