Definition of tremor noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈtremə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtremər//
    Natural disasters, Fear
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  1. 1a small earthquake in which the ground shakes slightly an earth tremor (figurative) The scandal sent tremors through the political establishment. See related entries: Natural disasters
  2. 2a slight shaking movement in a part of your body caused, for example, by cold or fear synonym quiver There was a slight tremor in his voice. She felt a tremor of fear run through her. See related entries: Fear
  3. Word Originearly 17th cent.: from Latin tremor, from tremere ‘to tremble’.Extra examples An uncontrollable tremor shook his mouth. He couldn’t control the tremor in his voice. He felt a tiny tremor of excitement as he glimpsed the city lights. He managed to make his short speech without a tremor. Her expression sent a tremor of anxiety through him. She felt a tremor run down her back when she saw him. a tremor of fear Large doses of the drug produce tremor and rigidity. She could hear the tremor in his voice. Withdrawal symptoms include sweating and tremors.
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