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.
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Recent Examples on the Web The tremor was measured at an initial depth of 80 kilometers (50 miles). Junko Ogura, CNN, 7 Oct. 2021 Such as the tremor of disgust, or at minimum displeasure, at other peoples’ humiliation during those pat-downs. K. Austin Collins, Rolling Stone, 28 Sep. 2021 That edge of dread — feeling the wind rise and knowing what might happen next — makes the Santa Anas as wildly unnerving as the first tremor of an earthquake. Patt Morrison, Los Angeles Times, 28 Sep. 2021 On June 25, 1970, a 5.0 tremor happened 115 miles south of Rhode Island in the Atlantic Ocean., 19 Sep. 2021 The final massive tremor struck two weeks ago on Aug. 15 when the Taliban captured Kabul, solidifying the regime's rule in Afghanistan once again. Lara Farrar, Arkansas Online, 29 Aug. 2021 If the investors have to dump their holdings, only a minor market tremor will be felt. Bill Conerly, Forbes, 28 Sep. 2021 Some New Shoreham, Rhode Island, residents were shaken awake Sunday by an early morning tremor., 19 Sep. 2021 The company has made accessibility updates to its software, such as adding keyboard support, which enables people who are blind or have a tremor to access a website with keyboard shortcuts, for instance by using the tab key to navigate a site. Ann-marie Alcántara, WSJ, 1 Sep. 2021

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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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27 Oct 2021

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“Tremor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Oct. 2021.

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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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