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tremor

[ trem-er, tree-mer ]
/ ˈtrɛm ər, ˈtri mər /
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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.
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Origin of tremor

1325–75; Middle English <Latin: a trembling, equivalent to trem(ere) to tremble + -or-or1

OTHER WORDS FROM tremor

trem·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 forms of tremor

tremorless, adjectivetremorous, adjective

Word Origin for tremor

C14: from Latin: a shaking, from tremere to tremble, quake
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Scientific 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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