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tremulant

[trem-yuh-luh nt]
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adjective
  1. trembling; tremulous.
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Origin of tremulant

1830–40; < Medieval Latin tremulant- (stem of tremulāns) present participle of tremulāre to tremble; see -ant
Related formsun·trem·u·lant, adjective
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Examples from the Web for tremulant

Historical Examples

  • She stood by the bench, one hand resting on it; she stood all in the tremulant shadow.

    The Gentleman From Indiana

    Booth Tarkington

  • His tone is all through his nose, and his tenuto is like the tremulant stop on the organ.


British Dictionary definitions for tremulant

tremulant

noun
  1. music
    1. a device on an organ by which the wind stream is made to fluctuate in intensity producing a tremolo effect
    2. a device on an electrophonic instrument designed to produce a similar effect
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Word Origin

C19: from Medieval Latin tremulāre to tremble
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