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trill

Pronunciation: /trɪl/

Translation of trill in Spanish:

noun/nombre

  • 1.1 [Music/Música] trino (masculine) 1.2 (of bird) trino (masculine), gorjeo (masculine)
    Example sentences
    • In his effort to successfully attain variation of material, as well as timbre imitation, he employs a wide variety of ornaments such as mordents, trills, broken chords and appoggiaturas.
    • In the second section the flute ignites sparks of tone through rapid tonguing, tremolos, staccatos and trills as the tape sounds ebb and flow, gradually evolving from one harmony to the next.
    • The disadvantages are the impossibility of playing some chords and the need to be neat-fingered when playing trills on two notes which share a string.
    1.3 [Linguistics/Lingüística] vibración (feminine)
    Example sentences
    • Holding the reins of his cart pony, he gave a sharp trill of his tongue.
    • The tongue trills of the Irish singer Roger Whittaker continue to delight audiences the world over.
    • There is a small error in the article on the addition of a symbol for the labiodental flap to the International Phonetic Alphabet: the bilabial trill does not still await its day.

transitive verb/verbo transitivo

  • 1.1 [Music/Música] [note] hacer* vibrar oh good! she trilled [literary/literario] —¡qué bien! —gorjeó [literary/literario] 1.2 [Linguistics/Lingüística] to trill the 'r' hacer* vibrar la erre

intransitive verb/verbo intransitivo

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