trill´er


trill´er
trill1 «trihl», verb, noun.
–v.t., v.i.
1. to sound or speak with a tremulous, vibrating, high-pitched sound: »

The child burst in, trilling with laughter (Rudyard Kipling).

2. to sing with a tremulous vibration of sound: »

to trill an aria. Some birds trill their songs.

3. to play so as to make such a sound: »

to trill on a flute.

4. Phonetics. to pronounce with a trill.
–n.
1. the act or sound of trilling: »

the trill of a wren.

2. a) a quick alternation of two musical tones either a tone or a half tone apart; shake. b) a tremolo or vibrato.
3. Phonetics. a) a sound produced by causing the breath stream to produce rapid vibration of the lips, tongue, or uvula, as in certain pronunciations of r. b) the rapid vibration of one of these organs. c) a consonant so pronounced. Spanish rr is a trill.
[< Italian trillare; probably imitative]
trill´er noun.
trill2 «trihl», transitive verb, intransitive verb.
Archaic. to trickle.
[perhaps < Scandinavian (compare Norwegian, Swedish trilla to roll, trundle)]

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • Trill — Trill, v. i. To utter trills or a trill; to play or sing in tremulous vibrations of sound; to have a trembling sound; to quaver. [1913 Webster] To judge of trilling notes and tripping feet. Dryden. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • trill — [tril] n. [It trillo < trillare, to trill, of echoic orig.] 1. a rapid alternation of a given musical tone with the tone a diatonic second above it: cf. VIBRATO 2. the warbling sound made by some birds 3. Phonet. a) a rapid vibration of the… …   English World dictionary

  • Trill — Trill, v. i. [OE. trillen to roll, turn round; of Scand. origin; cf. Sw. trilla to roll, Dan. trilde, Icel. [thorn]yrla to whirl, and E. thrill. Cf. {Thrill}.] To flow in a small stream, or in drops rapidly succeeding each other; to trickle. Sir… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • trill — (n.) 1640s, from It. trillio, triglio a quavering or warbling in singing, probably of imitative origin. The verb is 1660s, from It. trillare to quaver, trill. Related: Trilled; trilling …   Etymology dictionary

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