tremor

[ trem-er, tree-mer ]
/ ˈtrɛm ər, ˈtri mər /

noun

involuntary shaking of the body or limbs, as from disease, fear, weakness, or excitement; a fit of trembling.
any tremulous or vibratory movement; vibration: tremors following an earthquake.
a trembling or quivering effect, as of light.
a quavering sound, as of the voice.

Origin of tremor

1325–75; Middle English < Latin: a trembling, equivalent to trem(ere) to tremble + -or -or1
Related formstrem·or·ous, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for tremor

tremor

/ (ˈtrɛmə) /

noun

an involuntary shudder or vibration, as from illness, fear, shock, etc
any trembling or quivering movement
a vibrating or trembling effect, as of sound or light
Also called: earth tremor a minor earthquake

verb

(intr) to tremble
Derived Formstremorless, adjectivetremorous, adjective

Word Origin for tremor

C14: from Latin: a shaking, from tremere to tremble, quake
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Word Origin and History for tremor

tremor


n.

late 14c., "terror," from Old French tremor "fear, terror" (13c.), from Latin tremorem (nominative tremor) "a trembling, terror," from tremere (see tremble). Sense of "an involuntary shaking" first recorded 1610s and probably represents a re-introduction from Latin.

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Medicine definitions for tremor

tremor

[ trĕmər ]

n.

An involuntary trembling movement.
Minute ocular movement occurring during fixation on an object.
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Science definitions for tremor

tremor

[ trĕmər ]

A relatively minor seismic shaking or vibrating movement. Tremors often precede larger earthquakes or volcanic eruptions.
An involuntary shaking or trembling of the head or extremities that can be idiopathic or associated with any of various medical conditions, such as Parkinson's disease.
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