Variant of tremble
- to shake involuntarily from cold, fear, excitement, fatigue, etc.; shiver
- to feel great fear or anxiety
- to quiver, quake, totter, vibrate, etc.
- to quaver: her voice trembled
Origin: ME tremblen < OFr trembler < VL *tremulare < L tremulus, trembling < tremere, to tremble < IE *trem- (< base *ter-) > Gr tremein, to tremble
- the act or condition of trembling
- a fit or state of trembling
- ☆ a disease of cattle and sheep caused by a poisonous, oily alcohol contained in certain plants, as white snakeroot, and characterized by muscular tremors and a stumbling gait: communicated to humans as milk sickness
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