from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Being in a state of shaking or trembling, as from fear or excitement.

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  • adj. Trembling, aquiver.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a trembling state; quivering.


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  • In thousands of schools, tens of thousands of children jumped as one to the fruity voice of the announcer, setting the kingdom all atremble, the calisthenics and marching done, out of time, to the tune of “The Grand Old Duke of York.”

    A Small Death in the Great Glen

  • Fred exclaimed, his whiskers atremble with anxiety.

    The Dragon’s Apprentice

  • At the ZimRights Association on Fourth Street, they'd never heard of the case, and were so atremble at a visit from a foreign journalist that I'm not sure they would have said if they did know.

    ‘Let’s Kill the Baby’

  • In the morning the bright sun rose and quickly ate up the thin ice covering the water, and the warm air was all atremble, filled with the vapors of the reviving earth.

    Tolstoy III: Invisible Larks

  • Vex me, O Night, your stars stuttering like a stuck jukebox, put a spell on me, my bones atremble at your tabernacle of rhythm and blues.

    A Poem I Liked: Vex Me by Barbara Hamby

  • That idol of which I speak was known as Der Fuhrer and his presently living US imitator and co-workers, underlings and others, would like to see themselves held in such Shock and Awe terms, with slaves all atremble at their feet.

    "War Criminal, Terrorist," Some Say, Escapes French Justice.

  • Drawn by my spells must descend, and Apollo, atremble


  • More than thirty hours passed—Tasmin had long since screamed herself hoarse; the screams left Venetia Kennet atremble, well aware that the same agonies soon awaited her.

    The Berrybender Narratives

  • With her lower mandible all-atremble, I saw tears streaming down her beak as she looked in the mirror.

    whitehelmet Diary Entry

  • "How?" she asked, atremble, wondering what further she could do in what years were left to her.



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