verb (used without object), trem·bled, trem·bling.
- Pathology. milk sickness.
- Veterinary Pathology. a toxic condition of cattle and sheep caused by the eating of white snakeroot and characterized by muscular tremors.
- trembling poplar,
Origin of tremble
Examples from the Web for tremble
The city, the state, the whole land, were ready to rise and tremble before the Pallid Mask.
He began to read, raising his eyebrows with a puzzled, whimsical air, which made me tremble with suppressed anger.
Who is this woman going toe-to-toe with Wintour, when all others appear to tremble, and who excels because of it?Vogue Creative Director Grace Coddington’s Memoir Offers Few Revelations|Robin Givhan|November 20, 2012|DAILY BEAST
I just tremble when I think about how tremendous this moment is.
During this time, the ground continued to tremble, albeit less violently.
Kedril begins to tremble in earnest, but his master does not lose courage, and orders him to prepare the supper.The House of the Dead or Prison Life in Siberia|Fyodor Dostoyevsky
For they did not come on fighting, but all in a tremble, clutching wildly to get back the papers.Wunpost|Dane Coolidge
When Cheston took Albina's hand at parting, he felt it tremble, and her eyes looked as if they were filling with tears.Pencil Sketches|Eliza Leslie
The scene made her tremble to such a degree that her comb fell, her hair rolled down, and she turned pale.The Lily of the Valley|Honore de Balzac
The compass by which Russell steered his course through political life might tremble, but men felt that it remained true.Lord John Russell|Stuart J. Reid
Word Origin for tremble
c.1300, "shake from fear, cold, etc.," from Old French trembler "tremble, fear" (11c.), from Vulgar Latin *tremulare (source of Italian tremolare, Spanish temblar), from Latin tremulus "trembling, tremulous," from tremere "to tremble, shiver, quake," from PIE *trem- "to tremble" (cf. Greek tremein "to shiver, tremble," Lithuanian trimu "to chase away," Old Church Slavonic treso "to shake," Gothic þramstei "grasshopper"). A native word for this was Old English bifian. Related: Trembled; trembling. The noun is recorded from c.1600.