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trill

play
noun \ ˈtril \

Definition of trill

1 a :the alternation of two musical tones a diatonic second apart called also shake
b :vibrato
c :a rapid reiteration of the same tone especially on a percussion instrument
2 :a sound resembling a musical trill :warble
3 a :the rapid vibration of one speech organ against another (as of the tip of the tongue against the teethridge)
b :a speech sound made by a trill

Origin and Etymology of trill

Italian trillo probably of imitative origin


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trill

verb

Definition of trill

intransitive verb
:to play or sing with a trill :quaver
transitive verb
:to utter as or with or as if with a trill
  • trill the r

triller

noun

Examples of trill in a Sentence

  1. She pronounces her r's with a trill.

  2. the trill of the bird

First Known Use of trill

circa 1667


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trill

verb

Definition of trill

intransitive verb
1 :to flow in a small stream or in drops :trickle
transitive verb
:to cause to flow in a small stream

Origin and Etymology of trill

Middle English; akin to Middle Dutch trillen to vibrate, Swedish trilla to roll



TRILL Defined for English Language Learners

trill

noun

Definition of trill for English Language Learners

  • : the sound of going quickly back and forth many times between two musical notes that are close to each other

  • : a quick high sound that is repeated


TRILL Defined for Kids

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trill

play
noun \ ˈtril \

Definition of trill for Students

1 :1warble 1
2 :the rapid vibration of one speech organ against another (as the tongue against the teeth)
  • She pronounces r's with a trill.
3 :a quick movement back and forth between two musical tones one step apart

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trill

verb

Definition of trill for Students

trilled; trilling
:to utter as or with a trill


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