Definition of judder in English:



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  • (especially of something mechanical) shake and vibrate rapidly and with force.

    ‘the steering wheel juddered in his hand’
    • ‘She collided with the corner of it, causing an almighty bang as it juddered across the lino, and probably scaring the life out of those in the other room.’
    • ‘The engine judders quite violently but does not start for some time.’
    • ‘Just listen to the engine, run it round the block a few times and if it doesn't judder too much in third, hand over your pocket change.’
    • ‘He let the slope on the driveway pull him down to the level pavement, juddering over the stony concrete.’
    • ‘The machine juddered and shook violently sometimes inching across the kitchen floor.’
    • ‘Also, again regardless of the revs, the car judders and shudders violently upon the engagement of 1st gear.’
    • ‘Greg hit the emergency stop button and as the lift juddered to a halt, said my name very gently.’
    • ‘Without even seeing my room, I chase after my taxi, and within minutes we are juddering through the warm spring evening and neon-lit streets which wind down to the harbour.’
    • ‘Then James saw his friend's shoulders begin to shake, juddering up and down and suddenly Jenni was crying into his chest.’
    • ‘We expected to see great convoys of lorries and trucks emblazoned with UN initials juddering down the coastal road bearing relief and building materials.’
    • ‘‘He mounted the kerb and juddered forward and back,’ he told magistrates.’
    • ‘The bus juddered a final time before gaining the safety of tarmac.’
    • ‘The plane juddered skyward, helped no doubt by the mental efforts of 100 twitchy passengers willing it into the air.’
    • ‘We had to be strapped into our seats because they tilted and bucked and juddered in response to the action on the large screen.’
    • ‘The glider dips and banks, the joystick juddering in my hand.’
    • ‘Then suddenly, as if I'd thought too soon, there was a terrific pull backwards, and we were all thrown forwards in our seats as the train juddered to a sudden halt.’
    • ‘As the ABS anti-lock braking system juddered into action and the car stood on its nose, so I became aware that the seatbelt had tightened into a real bearhug, keeping me tight in the seat.’
    • ‘Jo said: ‘I woke up at about 8am and everything was juddering, which must have been the earthquake.’’
    • ‘It has a very soft pedal and judders on take-off.’
    • ‘Nasa has said that it will not fly another shuttle until it has pinpointed why solid foam cladding juddered off the external fuel tank during lift-off last month.’
    quiver, shake, tremble, quaver, waver, shiver, shudder, jiggle, wobble
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  • An instance of rapid and forceful shaking and vibration.

    ‘the car gave a judder’
    • ‘The poles' rotation unevenness and movement judder are caused by several processes.’
    • ‘He also suggested that there will be no judder on the cars people actually buy.’
    • ‘A 90-minute drive will generate a lot of heat in the clutch, causing the friction plates - which move together to engage drive - to warp, hence the judder.’
    • ‘When the actors huddle together to evoke an elephant or judder and shake to simulate a moving train, they do it with tact rather than as if expecting us to be bowled over by their skill.’
    • ‘In addition, some slight judder remains, an artifact of the transfer process.’
    • ‘The doors immediately slid shut, and with a shake and a judder, the floor beneath them lurched.’
    • ‘A judder like an electrical pulse sped through Ferdinand's veins from his finger to his heart like a capsule being podded from one floor of a shop to another.’
    • ‘But even as he did so, a great judder ran through the lift, and it stopped moving.’
    • ‘He awoke to a subliminal judder and then a hollow, deep boom that rocked through the fortress and was not so much heard as felt.’
    • ‘But today, as I set to the grass and weeds there was a mighty judder, and instead of purring like a tiger as it should it began growling like a wounded hyena.’
    • ‘And she's as jumpy as a sack full of rabbits, while running around Britain's Most Haunted Houses - the night vision picking up every squeal, nervous tic and judder that she can give out.’
    • ‘Occasionally there was a judder as some obstruction was struck.’
    • ‘It's the driver's skill, not the different country, that decides whether it's just a bump or a horrible judder!’
    • ‘Once the judder settles down, the film becomes more watchable, but no one is likely to praise the clear video quality.’
    • ‘But I know, any moment, she is going to look round, and my heart sinks with a judder into the pit of my stomach.’
    • ‘Most women remember a good sports bra, but forget that treadmill jogging sends rhythmic judders rippling through ample bottoms.’
    • ‘The transfer is overly soft, and the image suffers from constant judder.’
    • ‘The Nexus, you will be glad to hear, seems to be working again - although not without the odd judder and near-collapse.’
    • ‘But the judder is always there, as though we were watching the film from the bed of a pickup truck traveling on a gravel road.’
    • ‘Luckily not a single judder or unevenness of movement occurred and the next day the ‘rushes’ indicated that the job had been completed successfully - and not before time.’
    quiver, quivering, shake, shaking, shaking movement, quaver, quavering, quake, quaking, tremble, trembling, tremor, shiver, shivering, shudder, shuddering
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1930s: imitative; compare with shudder.