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 trembles
She looks sideways as the monster speaker booms and trembles and young men dance toward her.
Curled into a fetal position on an outdoor, candle-lit matt in Costa Rica, the 18-year-old trembles in fear.
Dench trembles whilst uttering the words, “out damned spots!”
As soon as Ferdinand sees her he drops the pistols and trembles violently.
It is thus that a subject or a slave speaks, who trembles at the anger of his master.A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 9 (of 10)|Franois-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
The princess then approaches Aja, who trembles lest she pass him by, as she has passed by the other suitors.
But the Legislature trembles whenever a labour leader opens his mouth.Dr. Jonathan (A Play)|Winston Churchill
She has run away from Dalton now, and is so scared of him she trembles every time some one comes up the stairs.Felix O'Day|F. Hopkinson Smith
noun (functioning as singular)
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.