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 first tremors came in April, when demonstrations against the Ortega regime, largely led by students, started in Managua and quickly spread to cities across the country. Margarita Herdocia, Time, "Nicaragua Is Heading Down the Same Dark Path as Venezuela," 13 June 2018 The symptoms here might involve a tremor, a shuffling gait, a sense of being slowed, some rigidity, and limited emotional expression. Kimberly Truong, SELF, "11 Side Effects of Antipsychotics You Should Know About," 7 Dec. 2018 The only staff member who resists Conrad's charms and his personal moral code is chief of surgery Randolph Bell (Bruce Greenwood), who regularly kills patients in surgical accidents due to a tremor, and regularly covers it up. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "Review: Fox's medical drama 'The Resident' can't save itself," 18 Jan. 2018 The clinical trial will test an oral capsule with a 20-to-1 ratio of CBD to THC on 16 patients who have been diagnosed with essential tremor. Kristine Owram, The Seattle Times, "Tilray is first Canadian company to import medical pot to U.S.," 18 Sep. 2018 The system isn't detecting the full-blown tremors of muscle activity but a set of lower-level, initial rumblings that begin when the subject first intends to move. Erik Sofge, Popular Mechanics, "Smart Bionic Limbs are Reengineering the Human," 28 May 2012 The McVay chapter is a sad epilogue to a tale with all manner of cosmic tremors—although the movie doesn’t say so, Hashimoto reportedly lost his family in the bombing of Hiroshima, a little over a week after sinking the Indianapolis. John Anderson, WSJ, "‘USS Indianapolis: The Final Chapter’ Review: The Depths of Tragedy," 3 Jan. 2019 Having beaten Argentina 3-0 on Thursday to cause one of the biggest tremors so far at this World Cup, Croatia would be dealing another hammer blow to Argentina's ambitions. Steve Douglas,, "Croatia considering rotation in final match against Iceland," 24 June 2018 Others cast a wary eye on the wave of populist tremors that fringe parties in mature nations like France and Germany have tried to ride. Steven Rattner, New York Times, "Dambisa Moyo’s Proposals for Saving Democracy," 7 June 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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