- a tremulous effect produced by the rapid reiteration of the same tone, as by the rapid up-and-down movement of the bow or plectrum: in singing, sometimes, vibrato
- a device, as in an organ, for producing such a tone
Origin: It from Classical Latin tremulus: see tremulous
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noun pl. trem·o·los
- a. A tremulous effect produced by rapid repetition of a single tone.b. A similar effect produced by rapid alternation of two tones.
- A device on an organ for producing a tremulous effect.
- A vibrato in singing, often excessive or poorly controlled.
Origin: Italian, from Latin tremulus, tremulous; see tremulous.