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.
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
British Dictionary definitions for trembles (1 of 2)
noun (functioning as singular)
British Dictionary definitions for trembles (2 of 2)
Word Origin for tremble
Word Origin and History for trembles
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.