- a rapid alternation of a given musical tone with the tone a diatonic second above it
- the warbling sound made by some birds
- a rapid vibration of the tongue or uvula, as in pronouncing the sounds represented by r in some languages
- a sound so produced
Origin of trillItalian trillo from trillare, to trill, of echoic origin, originally
Origin of trillIt trillare
- A fluttering or tremulous sound, as that made by certain birds; a warble.
- Music a. The rapid alternation of two tones either a whole or a half tone apart.b. A vibrato.
- Linguistics a. A rapid vibration of one speech organ against another, as of the tongue against the alveolar ridge in Spanish rr.b. A speech sound pronounced with such a vibration.
verbtrilled, tril·ling, trills
- To sound, sing, or play with a trill.
- To articulate (a sound) with a trill.
Origin of trillItalian trillo from trillare to trill probably ultimately of imitative origin
- (music) A rapid alternation between an indicated note and the one above it, in musical notation usually indicated with the letters tr written above the staff.
- (phonetics) A type of consonantal sound that is produced by vibrations of the tongue against the place of articulation, for example, Spanish rr.
(third-person singular simple present trills, present participle trilling, simple past and past participle trilled)
- (intransitive) To create a trill sound; to utter trills or a trill; to play or sing in tremulous vibrations of sound; to have a trembling sound; to quaver.
- To impart the quality of a trill to; to utter as, or with, a trill.
- to trill a note, or the letter r
- And now and then an ample tear trilled down / Her delicate cheek.
- Whispered sounds / Of waters, trilling from the riven stone.
From Middle English trillen. Compare Norwegian trille, Swedish trilla.
trill - Computer Definition
(TRansparent Interconnection of Lots of Links) A network layer 2 protocol that functions like a layer 3 protocol and is sometimes called "routable Ethernet." It was designed to overcome the deficiencies of the spanning tree protocol (STP), which limits traffic to one path in the network and blocks the rest. Routing Bridges (RBridges) TRILL uses the IS-IS link state routing protocol implemented in a routing bridge (RBridge). Operating like a bridge and router, RBridges support multiple paths and are compatible with regular bridges. See spanning tree protocol, IS-IS and bridge router.