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tremor (ˈtrɛmə Pronunciation for tremor



  1. an involuntary shudder or vibration, as from illness, fear, shock, etc
  2. any trembling or quivering movement
  3. a vibrating or trembling effect, as of sound or light
  4. Also called: earth tremor. a minor earthquake


  1. (intransitive) to tremble

Derived Forms

ˈtremorless adjective
ˈtremorous adjective

Word Origin

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


View thesaurus entry
= shake, shaking, tremble, trembling, shiver, quaking, wobble, quiver, quivering, agitation, vibration, quaver
= earthquake, shock, quake, tremblor

Translations for 'tremor'

  • British English: tremor A tremor is a small earthquake. NOUNThe earthquake sent tremors through the region.
  • Brazilian Portuguese: tremor
  • Chinese: 小地震
  • European Spanish: temblor
  • French: secousse sismiqueN
  • German: Erschütterung
  • Italian: leggera scossa
  • Japanese: 微震
  • Korean: 미진
  • Portuguese: tremor
  • Spanish: temblor

Example Sentences Including 'tremor'

Despite his pasty complexion and what Kurdi calls a benign essential tremor , Arafat had no serious health concerns.
Mail and Guardian (2004)
Even the most rarefied of sensibilities can feel the tremor of food rage building up inside them.
Belfast Telegraph (2005)
From somewhere deep inside her, there was an unfamiliar tremor.
Appiganesi, Lisa Dreams of Innocence
He gripped his hands together tighter, feeling a tremor in his arms.
Thomas, Craig The Last Raven
In January 1995, a tremor struck the western city of Kobe, killing more than 6,000 people.
The Mercury, Sunday Tasmanian (2004)
The easiest lenses for hand held shooting are wide-angle - a small tremor hardly affects the picture at all.
Freeman, Michael Photographers Handbook
The second time it came back, we felt a tremor beneath our seats.
India Today (1997)
There was a tremor of magic running through the crowd which Harry found difficult to understand yet impossible to mistake.
Dobbs, Michael Wall Games


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