Tremolo Definition

trĕmə-lō
tremolos
noun

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.

Webster's New World
A device, as in an organ, for producing such a tone.
Webster's New World
Vibrato, especially in singing.
American Heritage
(music) A rapid repetition of the same note, or an alternation between two or more notes. It can also be intended to mean a rapid and repetitive variation in pitch for the duration of a note. It is notated by a strong diagonal bar across the note stem, or a detached bar for a set of notes (stemless notes).
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Other Word Forms of Tremolo

Noun

Singular:
tremolo
Plural:
tremolos

Origin of Tremolo

  • Borrowed from Italian tremolo, first-person present indicative of tremolare (“to shake"). Origin: 1715-25.

    From Wiktionary

  • Italian from Latin tremulus tremulous tremulous

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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