Definition of tremor in US English:

tremor

noun

  • 1An involuntary quivering movement.

    ‘a disorder that causes tremors and muscle rigidity’
    • ‘As a result, patients suffer from muscle tremors, rigidity of movement, and balance and coordination problems.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Parkinson's disease is a common neurodegenerative disorder, predominantly of the elderly, manifested by rigidity, tremors and movement difficulty.’
    • ‘Was there the slightest tremor in the Lady's hands?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Dopamine production goes awry in the brains of Parkinson's patients, leading to the muscle rigidity and tremors associated with the disorder.’
    • ‘Other types may cause slight tremors of the face, or staring spells.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Oh how we loved to see our fallen hero struggle through the tremors and slurred speech.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Any imbalance in these neuro-modulators causes involuntary movements like chorea and tremors.’
    • ‘His body shakes with tremors of grief, and I hold him until I fall asleep again.’
    • ‘‘She keeps having fits, and they are not just little tremors but fits that seem to shake her whole body,’ said her mother.’
    • ‘The main symptoms are muscle stiffness, slowness of movement and involuntary tremor.’
    • ‘A lack of it is involved in Parkinson's disease, which causes tremors and twitches.’
    • ‘Animals that had only slight tremors and no convulsions did not show any lesions.’
    trembling, shaking, shakiness, tremble, shake, quivering, quiver, twitching, twitch, convulsion, vibration, juddering, judder
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    1. 1.1 A slight earthquake.
      • ‘It also comes within a month of the biggest earth tremor to hit Britain for 10 years.’
      • ‘We had an earth tremor last night at about one thirty or something.’
      • ‘I remember because there was some kind of earth tremor one night and I fell out of bed.’
      • ‘The Central Weather Bureau said Wednesday's quake was an aftershock from a deadly tremor in March.’
      • ‘It was later discovered, though, that a rare series of small tremors, called foreshocks, occurred before the large quake hit the city.’
      • ‘The U.S. Geological Survey said the tremor had a magnitude of 4.8, and that its epicenter was six miles northwest of Tbilisi.’
      • ‘A slight tremor shook the earth, and the Colonel awoke in the guest room.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The earth tremor is over in seconds and life resumes its peaceful rhythm.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘So far we have established that it is hot, muggy, and the place is prone to the odd earth tremor.’
      earthquake, earth tremor, shock, foreshock, aftershock
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    2. 1.2 A sudden feeling of fear or excitement.
      ‘a tremor of unease’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Though fear raced in tremors through her entire being, she raised her chin and did not respond.’
      • ‘His touch sent a tremor of excitement through her, alerting her of his nearness, but she reprimanded herself.’
      • ‘Though the direct threat to his life was over, Bren still felt a tremor of fear at the bottom of his jaw.’
      • ‘She was becoming increasingly aware of Jason and Nick's intentions, and it sent a tremor of fear coursing through her.’
      • ‘His voice was so low and calm, but it shot a tremor of terror through her.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A tremor of unease went through her husband, ‘You remember him.’’
      • ‘Harth arrived at the start of September 2001 and coped impressively with the tremors of terrorism.’
      • ‘Jaime felt a tremor of fear and doubt surge through her body.’
      • ‘Tina felt a sudden tremor in her heart as the very real reality of the situation settled down on her.’
      • ‘They certainly inspired tremors of trepidation in me.’
      • ‘Any new discovery is apt to cause excitement in academia, and tremors in the market.’
      • ‘It seemed that the whole of nature was affected by a tremor of excitement, adoring the creator.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A glint of knowledge from within his cruel gaze pierces her armor, sending a tremor of fear through Martina.’
      • ‘Political tremors there would ripple throughout the region.’
      • ‘I became aware of a pressure in my skull, a drunken excitement that I had never known before, a tremor of the nerves.’
      • ‘Over his shoulder, she could see Prince Emmanuel staring at them and a tremor of terror went through her.’
      • ‘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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    3. 1.3 A tremble or quaver in a person's voice.
      • ‘There was a tremor in her voice that made him think she hovered on the brink of tears.’
      • ‘There was a tremor in her voice, as if her uncertainty had turned into a bit of fear.’
      • ‘His voice had a tremor in it too, words passing out over palsied lips.’
      • ‘I can feel a tremor in my voice, the fifth or sixth time that I call her name.’
      • ‘He knew she had tried to hide the tremor in her voice, but he heard it.’
      • ‘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 asked politely but I could here the tremor in my voice.’
      • ‘When she released him from that, he began his lines a little unsteadily, a faint tremor in his voice.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Still, when I spoke, it was with a tremor in my voice.’
      • ‘Sure enough, the tremor of his voice instilled fear but something within felt familiar with his malevolent aura.’
      • ‘He paused a little, gathering up his courage, removing the tremor from his voice.’
      • ‘‘Come back alive,’ she uttered, even her whispers betraying the tremor in her voice.’
      • ‘‘Please… please live,’ she said through the violent tremors of her voice.’
      • ‘I could detect a sort of hesitant tremor in the voice.’
      • ‘The tremor in Dawn's voice was faint, but Dara heard it.’
      • ‘The tremor in his voice reflected a man looking over the edge of a very deep abyss.’
      • ‘He mentally chided himself for the tremor in his voice.’
      • ‘You'd think they were in mortal danger (again, not actual mortal danger) by the nervous tremor in their voices.’
      • ‘Tanya asked, and for the first time, there was a tremor in her voice.’
      trembling, shaking, shakiness, tremble, shake, quivering, quiver, twitching, twitch, convulsion, vibration, juddering, judder
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Origin

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

Pronunciation

tremor

/ˈtremər//ˈtrɛmər/