Definition of tremor in English:

tremor

noun

  • 1An involuntary quivering movement.

    ‘a disorder that causes tremors and muscle rigidity’
    • ‘The three main symptoms are tremors, rigidity and slowness of movement, although not everyone will experience all three.’
    • ‘The prolonged use of neuroleptic drugs (major tranquillizers) can produce movement disorders, including tremors, tics, and smacking of the lips.’
    • ‘Other types may cause slight tremors of the face, or staring spells.’
    • ‘Oh how we loved to see our fallen hero struggle through the tremors and slurred speech.’
    • ‘Was there the slightest tremor in the Lady's hands?’
    • ‘By popping the odd pill, she faced the risk of developing an urge to move about constantly, shaking or tremors and an inability to control certain muscles in the tongue, mouth, arms and legs.’
    • ‘Dopamine production goes awry in the brains of Parkinson's patients, leading to the muscle rigidity and tremors associated with the disorder.’
    • ‘Any imbalance in these neuro-modulators causes involuntary movements like chorea and tremors.’
    • ‘A lack of it is involved in Parkinson's disease, which causes tremors and twitches.’
    • ‘He ripped his gaze from me and backed away even further, keeping his head bowed so that he could not look at me and a slight tremor shook him.’
    • ‘He stood and I thought I saw a slight tremor shake his body, and I was staring at him, transfixed.’
    • ‘Animals that had only slight tremors and no convulsions did not show any lesions.’
    • ‘Parkinson's disease is a common neurodegenerative disorder, predominantly of the elderly, manifested by rigidity, tremors and movement difficulty.’
    • ‘Then, he spoke, and his voice was filled with so much fear that, though his body's tremors stopped, his voice continued to do so.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘She keeps having fits, and they are not just little tremors but fits that seem to shake her whole body,’ said her mother.’
    • ‘They also say the robotic computer's ability to filter out routine hand tremors and scale down movements when tinier cuts are needed means more precision.’
    • ‘Parkinson's Disease is a severe disorder of movement, presenting with muscle rigidity, tremor, and most distressing of all the inability to translate a thought into a movement.’
    • ‘His body shakes with tremors of grief, and I hold him until I fall asleep again.’
    trembling, shaking, shakiness, tremble, shake, quivering, quiver, twitching, twitch, convulsion, vibration, juddering, judder
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    1. 1.1 A tremble or quiver in a person's voice.
      • ‘Still, when I spoke, it was with a tremor in my voice.’
      • ‘His voice had a tremor in it too, words passing out over palsied lips.’
      • ‘The tremor in Dawn's voice was faint, but Dara heard it.’
      • ‘When she released him from that, he began his lines a little unsteadily, a faint tremor in his voice.’
      • ‘I can feel a tremor in my voice, the fifth or sixth time that I call her name.’
      • ‘Tanya asked, and for the first time, there was a tremor in her voice.’
      • ‘You'd think they were in mortal danger (again, not actual mortal danger) by the nervous tremor in their voices.’
      • ‘Sure enough, the tremor of his voice instilled fear but something within felt familiar with his malevolent aura.’
      • ‘There was a tremor in her voice, as if her uncertainty had turned into a bit of fear.’
      • ‘There was a tremor in her voice that made him think she hovered on the brink of tears.’
      • ‘The tremor in his voice reflected a man looking over the edge of a very deep abyss.’
      • ‘‘Please… please live,’ she said through the violent tremors of her voice.’
      • ‘He pauses, and then adds, in a casual tone of voice that betrays only a hint of a tremor: ‘Or I could end up killing myself.’’
      • ‘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 could detect a sort of hesitant tremor in the voice.’
      • ‘‘Come back alive,’ she uttered, even her whispers betraying the tremor in her voice.’
      • ‘I asked politely but I could here the tremor in my voice.’
      • ‘He knew she had tried to hide the tremor in her voice, but he heard it.’
      • ‘He paused a little, gathering up his courage, removing the tremor from his voice.’
      • ‘He mentally chided himself for the tremor in his voice.’
      trembling, shaking, shakiness, tremble, shake, quivering, quiver, twitching, twitch, convulsion, vibration, juddering, judder
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    2. 1.2 A sudden feeling of fear or excitement.
      ‘a tremor of unease’
      • ‘His voice was so low and calm, but it shot a tremor of terror through her.’
      • ‘Tina felt a sudden tremor in her heart as the very real reality of the situation settled down on her.’
      • ‘As her hand rubs his back in a comforting, circular motion, she can feel the tremors of exhaustion and fear reach her fingers through his silk bathrobe.’
      • ‘Any new discovery is apt to cause excitement in academia, and tremors in the market.’
      • ‘Over his shoulder, she could see Prince Emmanuel staring at them and a tremor of terror went through her.’
      • ‘Political tremors there would ripple throughout the region.’
      • ‘Though fear raced in tremors through her entire being, she raised her chin and did not respond.’
      • ‘It seemed that the whole of nature was affected by a tremor of excitement, adoring the creator.’
      • ‘A tremor of unease went through her husband, ‘You remember him.’’
      • ‘Brash's remarks immediately induced a tremor of panic in the money markets, prompting the dumping of major New Zealand stocks on the share market.’
      • ‘They certainly inspired tremors of trepidation in me.’
      • ‘A glint of knowledge from within his cruel gaze pierces her armor, sending a tremor of fear through Martina.’
      • ‘Jaime felt a tremor of fear and doubt surge through her body.’
      • ‘Though the direct threat to his life was over, Bren still felt a tremor of fear at the bottom of his jaw.’
      • ‘Harth arrived at the start of September 2001 and coped impressively with the tremors of terrorism.’
      • ‘His touch sent a tremor of excitement through her, alerting her of his nearness, but she reprimanded herself.’
      • ‘She was becoming increasingly aware of Jason and Nick's intentions, and it sent a tremor of fear coursing through her.’
      • ‘How organisers of the 17th World Cup finals would love to send more than just a minor tremor rippling through the country's sporting landscape.’
      • ‘I became aware of a pressure in my skull, a drunken excitement that I had never known before, a tremor of the nerves.’
      • ‘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’.’
      frisson, shiver, spasm, thrill, tingle, stab, dart, shaft
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  • 2A slight earthquake.

    • ‘Officials have admitted that it would only take an earth tremor - not a rare occurrence in this part of the world - and another 30 buildings, including several national monuments, could collapse.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It was later discovered, though, that a rare series of small tremors, called foreshocks, occurred before the large quake hit the city.’
    • ‘I remember because there was some kind of earth tremor one night and I fell out of bed.’
    • ‘So far we have established that it is hot, muggy, and the place is prone to the odd earth tremor.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Before he was able to finish he felt the ground shook to a minor earth tremor, then another.’
    • ‘The bureau also said that the tremor was an aftershock of last year's 921 earthquake.’
    • ‘It also comes within a month of the biggest earth tremor to hit Britain for 10 years.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘At first, I thought that Ealing was possibly experiencing a minor earth tremor.’
    • ‘Terrified people fled their homes unaware that it was an earth tremor.’
    • ‘The U.S. Geological Survey said the tremor had a magnitude of 4.8, and that its epicenter was six miles northwest of Tbilisi.’
    • ‘She recalled an investigation from a couple of years back, when they discovered themselves at the epicentre of an earth tremor, the largest the country had seen for years.’
    • ‘The earth tremor is over in seconds and life resumes its peaceful rhythm.’
    • ‘We had an earth tremor last night at about one thirty or something.’
    • ‘On Boxing Day at 6am the 150 guests were violently shaken from their sleep by an earth tremor - three hours later the Gibbons sisters would have to save themselves from drowning.’
    • ‘The Central Weather Bureau said Wednesday's quake was an aftershock from a deadly tremor in March.’
    • ‘This morning at about 3AM, a sweet rain fell and at about 6AM, I felt a rumbling in the bed for a second or two… an earth tremor.’
    • ‘A slight tremor shook the earth, and the Colonel awoke in the guest room.’
    earthquake, earth tremor, shock, foreshock, aftershock
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verb

[no object]
  • Undergo a tremor or tremors.

    ‘a muscle in my jaw tremored uncontrollably’
    • ‘Something in her tremored as he said it, with brown eyes that looked suddenly feminine.’
    • ‘The door tremored under the pounding and shook me hard.’
    • ‘Patrick slammed a fist down on the dining table, causing his cup and saucer to tremor, and rose as well.’
    • ‘So I end that 2 o'clock in the morning mood on the abyss actually dancing, just beginning to tremor with dance.’
    • ‘As Julian spoke, his voice tremored with shock.’
    • ‘In his bathing suit he sat, slumped over; his right hand, curled in at the wrist, tremored.’
    • ‘The very foundation of the building was beginning to tremor now, and hairline cracks were appearing in the walls and ceiling.’
    • ‘My body starts to tremor a little bit, blush creeps around my face and eyes start to water.’
    • ‘As he hit the ground, a wild surge of pain tremored up his leg.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I groan softly and tremor the muscles in my legs, trying to find a way to make them more comfortable without exposing them to the cold.’
    • ‘The untouched liquid tremored slightly in the half-full glass.’
    • ‘The old man tremored his head back and looked up with his one good eye.’
    • ‘Her body tremored in his arms as a second song began.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

tremor

/ˈtrɛmə/