- involuntary shaking of the body or limbs, as from disease, fear, weakness, or excitement; a fit of trembling.
- any tremulous or vibratory movement; vibration: tremors following an earthquake.
- a trembling or quivering effect, as of light.
- a quavering sound, as of the voice.
Origin of tremor
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Examples from the Web for tremorous
- an involuntary shudder or vibration, as from illness, fear, shock, etc
- any trembling or quivering movement
- a vibrating or trembling effect, as of sound or light
- Also called: earth tremor a minor earthquake
- (intr) to tremble
Word Origin and History for tremorous
late 14c., "terror," from Old French tremor "fear, terror" (13c.), from Latin tremorem (nominative tremor) "a trembling, terror," from tremere (see tremble). Sense of "an involuntary shaking" first recorded 1610s and probably represents a re-introduction from Latin.
- An involuntary trembling movement.
- Minute ocular movement occurring during fixation on an object.
- A relatively minor seismic shaking or vibrating movement. Tremors often precede larger earthquakes or volcanic eruptions.
- An involuntary shaking or trembling of the head or extremities that can be idiopathic or associated with any of various medical conditions, such as Parkinson's disease.