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Trilling

[tril-ing] /ˈtrɪl ɪŋ/
noun
1.
Lionel, 1905–75, U.S. critic and author.

trill1

[tril] /trɪl/
verb (used with object)
1.
to sing or play with a vibratory or quavering effect.
2.
Phonetics. to produce (a sound) with a trill.
3.
(of birds, insects, etc.) to sing or utter in a succession of rapidly alternating sounds.
verb (used without object)
4.
to resound vibrantly, or with a rapid succession of sounds, as the voice, song, or laughter.
5.
to utter or make a sound or succession of sounds resembling such singing, as a bird, frog, grasshopper, or person laughing.
6.
to execute a shake or trill with the voice or on a musical instrument.
7.
Phonetics. to execute a trill, especially with the tongue, as while singing, talking, or whistling.
noun
8.
the act or sound of trilling.
9.
Music. a rapid alternation of two adjacent tones; a shake.
10.
a similar sound, or succession of sounds, uttered or made by a bird, an insect, a person laughing, etc.
11.
Phonetics.
  1. a sequence of repetitive, rapid, vibratory movements produced in any free articulator or membrane by a rush of air expelled from the lungs and often causing a corresponding sequence of contacts between the vibrating articulator and another organ or surface.
  2. a speech sound produced by such a trill.
Origin of trill1
late Middle English
1635-1645
1635-45; < Italian trillo quaver or warble in singing ≪ Germanic; compare Dutch trillen to vibrate, late Middle English trillen to shake or rock (something)

trill2

[tril] /trɪl/ Archaic.
verb (used without object)
1.
to flow in a thin stream; trickle.
verb (used with object)
2.
to cause to flow in a thin stream.
Origin
1300-50; Middle English trillen to make (something) turn, to roll, flow (said of tears, water) < Old Danish trijlæ to roll (said, e.g., of tears and of a wheelbarrow); compare Norwegian trille, Swedish trilla. See trill1
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Examples from the Web for Trilling
Historical Examples
  • The larks were Trilling overhead, everything was humming and singing.

    The Christian Hall Caine
  • Then voices, the high, Trilling laugh of Climene floating upwards.

    Scaramouche Rafael Sabatini
  • A pensive quail piped an answer to the Trilling call from the meadows.

    David Dunne

    Belle Kanaris Maniates
  • He heard her no longer talking to the dogs, Trilling to the canary.

    Mary Gray Katharine Tynan
  • As he rides back through the woods, the birds are Trilling among the trees.

    The Death Shot Mayne Reid
  • That is called warbling, or Trilling, or trolling, or something.

  • In words like lerne, doghter, r was pronounced with some degree of Trilling.

  • Just before dawn he was awakened by high-pitched, Trilling, elfin music.

    Wild Folk

    Samuel Scoville
  • She could hear the dogs barking in the garden and Clarissa's Trilling laugh.

    The Devourers Annie Vivanti Chartres
  • A canary-bird was Trilling songs in a cage hung out on the porch.

    Maid Sally Harriet A. Cheever
British Dictionary definitions for Trilling

Trilling

/ˈtrɪlɪŋ/
noun
1.
Lionel. 1905–75, US literary critic, whose works include The Liberal Imagination (1950) and Sincerity and Authenticity (1974)

trill1

/trɪl/
noun
1.
(music) a melodic ornament consisting of a rapid alternation between a principal note and the note a whole tone or semitone above it Usual symbol (written above a note) tr., tr
2.
a shrill warbling sound, esp as made by some birds
3.
(phonetics)
  1. the articulation of an (r) sound produced by holding the tip of the tongue close to the alveolar ridge, allowing the tongue to make a succession of taps against the ridge
  2. the production of a similar effect using the uvula against the back of the tongue
verb
4.
to sound, sing, or play (a trill or with a trill)
5.
(transitive) to pronounce (an (r) sound) by the production of a trill
Word Origin
C17: from Italian trillo, from trillare, apparently from Middle Dutch trillen to vibrate

trill2

/trɪl/
verb, noun
1.
an archaic or poetic word for trickle
Word Origin
C14: probably of Scandinavian origin; related to Norwegian trilla to roll; see trill1
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Word Origin and History for Trilling

trill

n.

1640s, from Italian trillio, triglio "a quavering or warbling in singing," probably of imitative origin. The verb is 1660s, from Italian trillare "to quaver, trill." Related: Trilled; trilling.

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