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trembler

Line breaks: trem|bler
Pronunciation: /ˈtrɛmblə
 
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Definition of trembler in English:

noun

1British An automatic vibrator for making and breaking an electric circuit, typically used as a fuse for an explosive device sensitive to physical disturbance.
2A songbird related to the thrashers, found in the Lesser Antilles and named from its habit of violent shaking.
  • Genera Cinclocerthia and Ramphocinclus, family Mimidae: three species
Example sentences
  • In the second stage of our study we increased our taxon and nucleotide sampling to assess the likelihood that Lesser Antillean tremblers and thrashers represented a monophyletic lineage.
  • The two-cluster test did not uncover significant rate variation between a cluster composed of catbirds and Antillean thrashers and tremblers, and a second cluster including Melanotis and Mimus species.
  • One of these lineages includes the three species of Mimus, the second is formed by Melanotis caerulescens, and the third comprises the catbirds and Antillean thrashers and tremblers.
3 informal An earthquake.
Example sentences
  • The professor says he can predict earthquakes by tracking tremblers and looking at historical data.
  • Today's trembler was the third significant quake to hit California since Sunday.
  • The epicenter of the Nov. 3 trembler was about 75 miles north of Anchorage, causing multiple landslides and road closures, but minimal damage and amazingly few injuries and no deaths.

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