Definition of tremble in English:

tremble

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Pronunciation: /ˈtrɛmb(ə)l
 
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verb

[no object]

noun

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  • 1A trembling feeling, movement, or sound: there was a slight tremble in his voice
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    • She felt it with a tremble of happiness and hope as her dreary eyes watched the clouds turn from pink to white, the sky from orange to blue…
    • There was a slight tremble just before that which had a magnitude of around 1.1.
    • Jennifer grabbed her car door for support, and was heated with the evanescence of the shock wave, a slight tremble of the ground.
    Synonyms
    tremor, shake, shakiness, trembling, quiver, twitch, twitchiness
  • 2 (the trembles) • informal A physical or emotional condition marked by trembling.
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    • In his situation, many a man has come down with the trembles.
  • 2.1 another term for milk sickness.

Phrases

all of a tremble

informal Extremely agitated or excited.
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  • ‘I'm all of a tremble - I've gone all wishy-washy,’ said Mrs Pepper after the Prince had left.
  • I declare I was all of a tremble for fear Mr. Box should come in before Mr. Cox went out.
  • This coincidence threw the prophet almost into a frenzy, and the poor people were all of a tremble.

Derivatives

trembling

adjective
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  • The consequences are a racing pulse, nausea, trembling hands, headaches, depression and the jitters.
  • He could feel her trembling, quaking with the sure knowledge that she had been responsible for everything that had gone wrong last evening.
  • His heart was pounding against his ribs and he found it terribly hard to breath as he raised his trembling hands to the edge of the sheet.

tremblingly

adverb
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  • Yet again, O thrice great Comus, I tremblingly approach you, and humbly prostrate before your Olympian eminence, I express my renewed and tearful regret that I must once more decline your proffered invitation.
  • Equal numbers had a favourable and unfavourable opinion of her; more tremblingly for her future ambitions, 76% believe she is ‘power hungry’.
  • The problem is that these people are so tremblingly aware of what they themselves think that they cannot be trusted to hear what others say, or to remember it clearly, or to report it correctly half-an-hour later, or even two minutes later.

Origin

Middle English (as a verb): from Old French trembler, from medieval Latin tremulare, from Latin tremulus (see tremulous).

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