Trill Definition

trĭl
trilled, trilling, trills
noun
trills
The warbling sound made by some birds.
Webster's New World
A rapid alternation of a given musical tone with the tone a diatonic second above it.
Webster's New World
A vibrato.
American Heritage
A rapid vibration of the tongue or uvula, as in pronouncing the sounds represented by r in some languages.
Webster's New World
A sound so produced.
Webster's New World
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verb
trilled, trilling, trills
To sound, speak, or play with a trill.
Webster's New World
To articulate (a sound) with a trill.
American Heritage
To produce or give forth a trill.
American Heritage
Shakespeare.
And now and then an ample tear trilled down / Her delicate cheek.
Wiktionary
Glover.
Whispered sounds / Of waters, trilling from the riven stone.
Wiktionary
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Other Word Forms of Trill

Noun

Singular:
trill
Plural:
trills

Origin of Trill

  • Italian trillo from trillare to trill probably ultimately of imitative origin

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

  • From Middle English trillen. Compare Norwegian trille, Swedish trilla.

    From Wiktionary

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