Quavered
Quaver Qua"ver, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Quavered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Quavering}.] [OE. quaven to shake, to tremble; cf. LG. quabbeln to shake, to be soft, of fat substances, quabbe a fat lump of flesh, a dewlap, D. kwabbe, and E. quiver, v.] 1. To tremble; to vibrate; to shake. --Sir I. Newton. [1913 Webster]

2. Especially, to shake the voice; to utter or form sound with rapid or tremulous vibrations, as in singing; also, to trill on a musical instrument [1913 Webster]


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  • quavered — qua·ver || kweɪvÉ™(r) n. shiver, tremble; trembling voice or sound; eighth note (Music) v. tremble, vibrate; speak in a trembling voice; trill a sound, make a sound waver …   English contemporary dictionary

  • quaver — [[t]kwe͟ɪvə(r)[/t]] quavers, quavering, quavered 1) VERB If someone s voice quavers, it sounds unsteady, usually because they are nervous or uncertain. Her voice quavered and she fell silent. Syn: tremble N COUNT Quaver is also a noun. There was… …   English dictionary

  • quaver — I UK [ˈkweɪvə(r)] / US [ˈkweɪvər] verb [intransitive] Word forms quaver : present tense I/you/we/they quaver he/she/it quavers present participle quavering past tense quavered past participle quavered if your voice quavers, it is not steady… …   English dictionary

  • qua´ver|ing|ly — qua|ver «KWAY vuhr», verb, noun. –v.i. 1. to shake; tremble: »The old man s voice quavered. Like rivers over reeds Which quaver in the current (Philip J. Bailey). 2. to trill in singing or in playing on an instrument. –v.t. 1. to sing or say in… …   Useful english dictionary

  • qua|ver — «KWAY vuhr», verb, noun. –v.i. 1. to shake; tremble: »The old man s voice quavered. Like rivers over reeds Which quaver in the current (Philip J. Bailey). 2. to trill in singing or in playing on an instrument. –v.t. 1. to sing or say in trembling …   Useful english dictionary

  • Quaver — Qua ver, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Quavered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Quavering}.] [OE. quaven to shake, to tremble; cf. LG. quabbeln to shake, to be soft, of fat substances, quabbe a fat lump of flesh, a dewlap, D. kwabbe, and E. quiver, v.] 1. To tremble;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Quavering — Quaver Qua ver, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Quavered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Quavering}.] [OE. quaven to shake, to tremble; cf. LG. quabbeln to shake, to be soft, of fat substances, quabbe a fat lump of flesh, a dewlap, D. kwabbe, and E. quiver, v.] 1. To… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Warble — War ble, v. i. 1. To be quavered or modulated; to be uttered melodiously. [1913 Webster] Such strains ne er warble in the linnet s throat. Gay. [1913 Webster] 3. To sing in a trilling manner, or with many turns and variations. Birds on the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • quaver — I. verb (quavered; quavering) Etymology: Middle English, frequentative of quaven to tremble Date: 15th century intransitive verb 1. tremble 2. trill 3. to utter sound in tremulous tones transitive verb …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • quaver — quaverer, n. quaveringly, adv. quavery, quaverous, adj. /kway veuhr/, v.i. 1. to shake tremulously; quiver or tremble: He stood there quavering with fear. 2. to sound, speak, or sing tremulously: Her voice quavered a moment and then she regained… …   Universalium

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