trill
I. verb Etymology: Middle English; akin to Middle Dutch trillen to vibrate, Swedish trilla to roll Date: 14th century intransitive verb 1. to flow in a small stream or in drops ; trickle 2. twirl, revolve transitive verb to cause to flow in a small stream II. noun Etymology: Italian trillo probably of imitative origin Date: 1649 1. a. the alternation of two musical tones a diatonic second apart — called also shake b. vibrato c. a rapid reiteration of the same tone especially on a percussion instrument 2. a sound resembling a musical trill ; warble 3. a. the rapid vibration of one speech organ against another (as of the tip of the tongue against the teethridge) b. a speech sound made by a trill III. verb Date: circa 1667 intransitive verb to play or sing with a trill ; quaver transitive verb to utter as or with or as if with a trill <
trill the r
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triller noun

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  • Trill — is a type of vibration; it may refer to: * trill (music), a type of musical ornament * trill consonant, a type of sound used in some languages * Trill, a sound similar to the musical ornament made by animals including the Maine Coon cat and… …   Wikipedia

  • Trill — Trill, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Trilled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Trilling}.] [It. trillare; probably of imitative origin.] To impart the quality of a trill to; to utter as, or with, a trill; as, to trill the r; to trill a note. [1913 Webster] The sober… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Trill — Trill, n. [It. trillo, fr. trillare. See {Trill} to shake.] [1913 Webster] 1. A sound, of consonantal character, made with a rapid succession of partial or entire intermissions, by the vibration of some one part of the organs in the mouth tongue …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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

  • Trill — Trill, v. t. [OE. trillen; cf. Sw. trilla to roll.] To turn round; to twirl. [Obs.] Gascoigne. [1913 Webster] Bid him descend and trill another pin. Chaucer. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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

  • trill — trill·er; trill; …   English syllables

  • trill — Mot Monosíl·lab Nom masculí …   Diccionari Català-Català

  • trill — англ. [трил] trille фр. [трий] Triller нем. [три/ллер] trillo ит. [три/лло] трель …   Словарь иностранных музыкальных терминов

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