- 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
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Related Wordsshiver, upheaval, earthquake, vibration, quiver, quivering, wobble, agitation, quaver, trepidation, quake, shake, ripple, tremble, flutter, shivering, trembling, quaking
Examples from the Web for tremor
On April 25, 2006, the tremor triggered a rockfall inside a gold mine, and three of the 17 miners were unable to escape.The Bangladesh Factory Collapse Survivor and More Miraculous Rescues (VIDEO)
Holly Bernal, Ben Teitelbaum
May 10, 2013
The current global paroxysm is intense and alarming, but it is a tremor not an earthquake.Global Markets Spooked
August 8, 2011
Within the building the tremor was terrible, and the lights started to fall.Japan's Nuclear Ghost Towns
William T. Vollmann
May 2, 2011
Little information was available on the tremor, but no additional damage was reported with it.Japan's First Dark Night After the Earthquake and Tsunami
March 11, 2011
This last point seems to have sent some kind of tremor through the American media.When Did Oliver Stone Become Sensible?
June 25, 2010
The bridge was tremulous beneath me, and marked the tremor of the solid earth.Other Tales and Sketches
With great difficulty and tremor they succeeded in forcing the door.Browne's Folly
A second time she interrupted herself in the tremor of the words she pronounced.The Dream
There was a tremor of laughter in her voice, but her eyes were grave and earnest.The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
But Page perceived the tremor of battle that ran through her.The Coryston Family
Mrs. Humphry Ward
- 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
- (intr) to tremble
Word Origin and History for tremor
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.
- An involuntary trembling movement.
- Minute ocular movement occurring during fixation on an object.
- 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.