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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Deforestation and the use of highly destructive explosives mean these areas are prone to increased seismic tremors and landslides. Gayathri D Naik, Quartz India, "India, leave those forests on the mountains alone, lest you want to drown," 13 Sep. 2019 Those infected can also experience memory loss, partial paralysis, comas, profound fatigue, and tremors, and many who survive are left with debilitating problems. Globe Correspondent,, "Here’s what you should know about Eastern equine encephalitis," 20 Aug. 2019 Symptoms can include ocular and nasal discharge, sneezing, coughing, lethargy, loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, tremors and seizures., "What you need to know about ‘zombie raccoons’ and how to protect your pets," 10 July 2019 Among the topics: The first Friday of the NBA Summer League was filled with tremors, literal and metaphorical. Matt Schubert, The Denver Post, "Nuggets Ink podcast: The Jerami Grant trade, Jamal Murray’s big contract and more NBA earthquakes in Vegas," 12 July 2019 Parkinson's is a progressive neurological disorder that affects the motor system, leaving patients with tremors, stiffness, a slowing of movement and difficulty with balance. Javonte Anderson,, "Parkinson's patients enlist in karate classes to fight disease," 14 June 2019 Most people associate Parkinson’s with a tremor, which many, but not all, people experience. Meredith Cohn,, "Research could lead to new treatments for Parkinson's," 22 Mar. 2018 Some also reported other symptoms, such as fainting or tremors, in addition to seizures. Samantha Lauriello,, "The FDA Is Investigating 127 Reports of Seizures Possibly Related to Vaping—Here's What You Need to Know," 8 Aug. 2019 From glowing lava flows and earth-shaking tremors to wind, rain, and waves, the geological and meteorological forces that shaped our planet are fully on display on the Big Island. National Geographic, "Everything to know about Hawaii Volcanoes National Park," 15 July 2019

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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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