- to sing or play with a vibratory or quavering effect.
- Phonetics. to produce (a sound) with a trill.
- (of birds, insects, etc.) to sing or utter in a succession of rapidly alternating sounds.
- to resound vibrantly, or with a rapid succession of sounds, as the voice, song, or laughter.
- to utter or make a sound or succession of sounds resembling such singing, as a bird, frog, grasshopper, or person laughing.
- to execute a shake or trill with the voice or on a musical instrument.
- Phonetics. to execute a trill, especially with the tongue, as while singing, talking, or whistling.
- the act or sound of trilling.
- Music. a rapid alternation of two adjacent tones; a shake.
- a similar sound, or succession of sounds, uttered or made by a bird, an insect, a person laughing, etc.
- a sequence of repetitive, rapid, vibratory movements produced in any free articulator or membrane by a rush of air expelled from the lungs and often causing a corresponding sequence of contacts between the vibrating articulator and another organ or surface.
- a speech sound produced by such a trill.
Origin of trill1
- to flow in a thin stream; trickle.
- to cause to flow in a thin stream.
Origin of trill2
Examples from the Web for trill
Contemporary Examples of trill
The collection included t-shirts featuring street wear brand Been Trill, jeans, and hoodies.A.P.C. Releases Kanye West Collection; Max Azria Faces Insurmountable Debt
The Fashion Beast Team
July 15, 2013
Even assuming full extension of Bush tax cuts, which add their own $5 trillion or so to the deficit, Romney adds another $3 trill.Romney's Revealing (semi-Keynesian) Slip
May 25, 2012
Historical Examples of trill
Fomishka warbled out and waited for Snandulia to play the trill.Virgin Soil
Ivan S. Turgenev
Outside she could hear the sigh of the oaks and the trill of young voices.The Wizard's Daughter and Other Stories
Margaret Collier Graham
Who teaches the young chipper to trill, and the young linnet to warble?Birds in the Bush
The only sound he could hear was the trill and chirp of the insects of the woods.Tom Swift and his Motor-cycle
He indulged copiously in the trill, which he produced by shaking his head.At the Court of the Amr
John Alfred Gray
- music a melodic ornament consisting of a rapid alternation between a principal note and the note a whole tone or semitone above itUsual symbol: (written above a note) tr., tr
- a shrill warbling sound, esp as made by some birds
- the articulation of an (r) sound produced by holding the tip of the tongue close to the alveolar ridge, allowing the tongue to make a succession of taps against the ridge
- the production of a similar effect using the uvula against the back of the tongue
- to sound, sing, or play (a trill or with a trill)
- (tr) to pronounce (an (r) sound) by the production of a trill
Word Origin for trill
- an archaic or poetic word for trickle
Word Origin for trill
1640s, from Italian trillio, triglio "a quavering or warbling in singing," probably of imitative origin. The verb is 1660s, from Italian trillare "to quaver, trill." Related: Trilled; trilling.