- to shake involuntarily with quick, short movements, as from fear, excitement, weakness, or cold; quake; quiver.
- to be troubled with fear or apprehension.
- (of things) to be affected with vibratory motion.
- to be tremulous, as light or sound: His voice trembled.
- the act of trembling.
- a state or fit of trembling.
- trembles, (used with a singular verb)
- 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
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Examples from the Web for trembling
I mean literally find him, still there, an eleven-year-old boy, cold and trembling, with nowhere else to run.Charles D’Ambrosio’s X-Ray Vision Is On Full Display In His New Essay Collection.
November 14, 2014
At first it was raucous, trembling with patriotism, a sea of seething yellow.Germany Humiliates World Cup Host Brazil 7-1 in Semifinal Slaughter
July 8, 2014
Neither Paul nor Kierkegaard were kidding when they wrote of fear and trembling.How Losing My Daughter Changed My Faith
June 15, 2014
Forty-nine-year-old Elena brings a trembling hand to the bridge of her nose and makes a slashing movement across it.'In Cold Blood' in Ukraine
May 3, 2014
But his voice is rising and trembling, and seconds later, he begins to sob.River Phoenix’s Fatal Halloween, 20 Years On
October 31, 2013
I received the deputation with a trembling and apprehensive heart.
Pale and trembling, I pointed to the horrible staircase by which we had come.The Roof of France
When she held her in her arms pressed against her breast, she felt that she was trembling.
Monseigneur shook from trembling as he repeated severely the word, "Never!"
When she turned back to the fireplace her hands were trembling.Her Father's Daughter
- to vibrate with short slight movements; quiver
- to shake involuntarily, as with cold or fear; shiver
- to experience fear or anxiety
- the act or an instance of trembling
Word Origin and History for trembling
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.