trill

EnglishEdit

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EtymologyEdit

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

NounEdit

trill (plural trills)

  1. (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.
  2. (phonetics) A type of consonantal sound that is produced by vibrations of the tongue against the place of articulation, for example, Spanish rr.

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VerbEdit

trill (third-person singular simple present trills, present participle trilling, simple past and past participle trilled)

  1. (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.
    • Dryden
      To judge of trilling notes and tripping feet.
  2. (transitive) To impart the quality of a trill to; to utter as, or with, a trill.
    to trill a note, or the letter r
    • Thomson
      The sober-suited songstress trills her lay.
  3. (intransitive, obsolete) To trickle.
    • 1603, John Florio, translating Michel de Montaigne, Essays, II.30:
      I come now from seeing of a shepheard at Medoc [...] who had no signe at all of genitorie parts: But where they should be, are three little holes, by which his water doth continually tril from him.
    • Shakespeare
      And now and then an ample tear trilled down / Her delicate cheek.
    • Glover
      Whispered sounds / Of waters, trilling from the riven stone.

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NounEdit

trill ? (indefinite plural trillime, definite singular trilli, definite plural trillimet)

  1. whim, tantrum, bizarre fantasy
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