Definition of tremor in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtrɛmə/


1An involuntary quivering movement: a disorder that causes tremors and muscle rigidity
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  • As a result, patients suffer from muscle tremors, rigidity of movement, and balance and coordination problems.
  • The main symptoms are muscle stiffness, slowness of movement and involuntary tremor.
  • Parkinson's disease is a common neurodegenerative disorder, predominantly of the elderly, manifested by rigidity, tremors and movement difficulty.
trembling, shaking, shakiness, tremble, shake, quivering, quiver, twitching, twitch, convulsion, vibration, juddering, judder;
quavering, quaver;
1.1A tremble or quiver in a person’s voice.
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  • I listen out for unnatural noises, analyse the stewardess's voice for any tremors of concern and, in the unfortunate event that I find myself sitting over the wing, scan the metal parts for signs of wear and tear.
  • I can feel a tremor in my voice, the fifth or sixth time that I call her name.
  • The tremor in his voice reflected a man looking over the edge of a very deep abyss.
1.2A sudden feeling of fear or excitement: a tremor of unease
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  • Into this show about a quarter of a hour though and Kangaroo Kid used two words which were send tremors of fear through the crowd - ‘Audience participation’.
  • It seemed that the whole of nature was affected by a tremor of excitement, adoring the creator.
  • Jaime felt a tremor of fear and doubt surge through her body.
frisson, shiver, spasm, thrill, tingle, stab, dart, shaft;
wave, surge, rush, ripple
2 (also earth tremor) A slight earthquake.
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  • When the major explosion occurred, the seismological unit of Tehran University recorded an earth tremor measuring 3,6 on the Richter scale in the same area - possibly a reading sparked by the force of the blast.
  • Anyone who believed in omens would have been wondering what to make of the earth tremor which shook York the day before New Year's Eve, 1944.
  • Johannesburg felt the after-effects of an earth tremor, with a preliminary reading of five on the Richter Scale, which struck near Klerksdorp just before 1pm, on 9 March 2005.
earthquake, earth tremor, shock, foreshock, aftershock
informal quake, shake
North American informal tremblor


[no object]
Undergo a tremor or tremors: a muscle in my jaw tremored uncontrollably
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  • The door tremored under the pounding and shook me hard.
  • She was up there on the stage in her wheelchair, her bald head covered with a blue cotton hat, pale and thin and weak and tremoring.
  • Her body tremored in his arms as a second song began.


Early 17th century: from Latin tremor, from tremere 'to tremble'.

Words that rhyme with tremor

contemner, dilemma, Emma, emmer, Jemma, lemma, maremma, stemma
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