American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To shake involuntarily, as from excitement or anger; quake. See Synonyms at shake.
- v. To feel fear or anxiety: I tremble at the very thought of it.
- v. To vibrate or quiver: leaves trembling in the breeze.
- n. The act or state of trembling.
- n. A convulsive fit of shaking. Often used in the plural with the.
- n. An infectious viral disease of sheep that is transmitted by the tick Ixodes ricinus and affects the nervous system, causing galloping and trotting by little leaps and often prolonged trembling. Also called louping ill.
- n. Poisoning of domestic animals, especially cattle and sheep, caused by eating white snakeroot or rayless goldenrod and characterized by muscular tremors and weakening. Also called milk sickness.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To be affected with slight, quick, and continued vibratory movements; be moved in a quivering manner by some external force.
- To be affected with involuntary muscular agitation; be agitated convulsively from either a physical or a moral cause; be in a tremor; quake; shake: as, to tremble with fatigue; his hand trembled from excitement.
- To feel or manifest a quivering agitation; be tremulous or shaky; quiver; quaver: as, his voice trembled from emotion.
- Figuratively, to be in doubt or suspense; oscillate between certainty and uncertainty; hang upon chance.
- n. The act or state of trembling; an involuntary quivering or shivering as from cold or fear.
- n. plural A form of disease or diseased condition in man or animals, characterized by continued trembling or tremulousness; specifically, in some parts of the United States, a disease of domestic animals, under peculiar local conditions, affecting the quality of the milk and flesh, and known as milk-sickness when communicated through these to human beings. See milk-sickness.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To shake involuntarily, as with fear, cold, or weakness; to quake; to quiver; to shiver; to shudder; -- said of a person or an animal.
- v. To totter; to shake; -- said of a thing.
- v. To quaver or shake, as sound; to be tremulous; as the voice
- n. An involuntary shaking or quivering.
- n. a reflex motion caused by cold or fear or excitement
- v. move or jerk quickly and involuntarily up and down or sideways
- From Old French trambler and its variants, from Vulgar Latin tremulāre, present active infinitive of tremulō, a derivate of Classical Latin tremere, present active infinitive of tremō. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English tremblen, from Old French trembler, from Vulgar Latin *tremulāre, from Latin tremulus, trembling; see tremulous. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The word tremble is commonly looked upon as denoting a good effect of faith; but here it may rather be taken as a bad effect, when applied to the faith of devils.”
“The atom bomb and the bacterial bomb, wielded by the wicked communist or the wicked capitalist as the case may be, make Washington and the Kremlin tremble, and drive men further along the road toward the abyss.”
“He ran so fast that he thought he felt the mountain tremble beneath him.”
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“10 They shall walk after the Lord: he shall roar like a lion: when he shall roar, then the children shall tremble from the west.”
“He spoke very quietly, but the deep register of his voice was such that Quinn felt every word tremble the air around him.”
“What gars a hand that can grip a broadsword tremble like a woman's?”
“Brethren, it is a solemn obligation, which may well make us tremble, that is laid on us in these words, 'As I have loved you.”
“Christian church, and here it was the triumph of the Jewish church, that Jehovah was their King; and hence it is inferred, Let the people tremble, that is, 1.”
“Forced to choose between describing the movement of leaves or the state of his main character, he flippantly uses the same word for both: they each "tremble" on a cold day.”
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