• WordNet 3.6
    • v tremble move or jerk quickly and involuntarily up and down or sideways "His hands were trembling when he signed the document"
    • n tremble a reflex motion caused by cold or fear or excitement
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In the 19th century, craftsmen who made hats were known to be excitable and irrational, as well as to tremble with palsy and mix up their words. Such behavior gave rise to the familiar expression "mad as a hatter". The disorder, called hatter's shakes, was caused by chronic mercury poisoning from the solution used to treat the felt. Attacking the central nervous system, the toxin led to behavioral symptoms.
    • n Tremble An involuntary shaking or quivering. "I am all of a tremble when I think of it."
    • Tremble To quaver or shake, as sound; to be tremulous; as the voice trembles.
    • Tremble To shake involuntarily, as with fear, cold, or weakness; to quake; to quiver; to shiver; to shudder; -- said of a person or an animal. "I tremble still with fear.""Frighted Turnus trembled as he spoke."
    • Tremble To totter; to shake; -- said of a thing. "The Mount of Sinai, whose gray top
      Shall tremble ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The major side effects from abusing anabolic steroids can include liver tumors and cancer, jaundice (yellowish pigmentation of skin, tissues, and body fluids), fluid retention, high blood pressure, increases in LDL (bad cholesterol), and decreases in HDL (good cholesterol). Other side effects include kidney tumors, severe acne, and trembling.
    • tremble To be affected with slight, quick, and continued vibratory movements; be moved in a quivering manner by some external force.
    • tremble To be affected with involuntary muscular agitation; be agitated convulsively from either a physical or a moral cause; be in a tremor; quake; shake: as, to tremble with fatigue; his hand trembled from excitement.
    • tremble To feel or manifest a quivering agitation; be tremulous or shaky; quiver; quaver: as, his voice trembled from emotion.
    • tremble Figuratively, to be in doubt or suspense; oscillate between certainty and uncertainty; hang upon chance.
    • n tremble The act or state of trembling; an involuntary quivering or shivering as from cold or fear.
    • n tremble plural A form of disease or diseased condition in man or animals, characterized by continued trembling or tremulousness; specifically, in some parts of the United States, a disease of domestic animals, under peculiar local conditions, affecting the quality of the milk and flesh, and known as milk-sickness when communicated through these to human beings. See milk-sickness.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Tremble trem′bl to shake, as from fear, cold, or weakness: to shiver: to shake, as sound
    • n Tremble the act of trembling: a morbid trembling
    • adv Tremble tremulously
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  • Bible
    “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. [Joshua 1:9]”
  • William Cowper
    “Satan trembles when he sees the weakest saint upon their knees.”
  • Gilbert Adair
    Gilbert Adair
    “The earth is mankind's ultimate haven, our blessed terra firma. When it trembles and gives way beneath our feet, it's as though one of God's checks has bounced.”
  • Christina Rossetti
    “Hope is like a hairball trembling from its birth...”
  • Thomas Jefferson
    “I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that his justice cannot sleep forever.”
  • Hannah More
    “Love never reasons, but profusely gives; it gives like a thoughtless prodigal its all, and then trembles least it has done to little.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. trembler, fr. L. tremulus, trembling, tremulous, fr. tremere, to shake, tremble; akin to Gr. , Lith. trimti,. Cf. Tremulous Tremor


In literature:

She clung to him, trembling from the new joy that possessed her.
"A Noble Woman" by Ann S. Stephens
His square red beard trembled beneath his pallid face, and suddenly he became speechless with rage.
"The Fifth Queen" by Ford Madox Ford
There, she thought, she could see him without trembling and with perfect equanimity.
"Friars and Filipinos" by Jose Rizal
Within the swaying taxi I sat holding the trembling girl.
"Astounding Stories, April, 1931" by Various
How the trembling of our hearts at her aspect bears witness to its unutterable beauty!
"Shirley" by Charlotte Brontë
When a man is old, Francesco, his hand trembles.
"Unfinished Portraits" by Jennette Lee
He was panting, more from rage than exertion; his hands trembled.
"The Bondboy" by George W. (George Washington) Ogden
Don Anastasio twitched and trembled before it.
"The Missourian" by Eugene P. (Eugene Percy) Lyle
She had often thought them out before, but they always made her tremble anew.
"Absolution" by Clara Viebig
How he pressed his lips together, how nervously his moustache trembled.
"The Son of His Mother" by Clara Viebig

In poetry:

'Neath the lightning flash
Sank the woods away,
Trembled the earth's breast,
Pierced with dismay.
"To Russia" by Ivan Nikitin
Bewildered by that wonder,
The grasses tremble under
The thing they do not know.
I tremble even so.
"The Kiss" by Mary Carolyn Davies
Let your song be delicate.
The flowers can hear:
Too well they know the tremble,
Of the hollow year.
"Song Be Delicate" by John Shaw Neilson
Is that trembling cry a song?
Can it be a song of joy?
And so many children poor?
It is a land of poverty!
"Holy Thursday (Experience)" by William Blake
These though we bring them in trembling and fearfulness,
He will accept for the Name that is dear,
Mornings of joy give for evenings of tearfulness,
Trust for out trembling, and hope for our fear.
"O Worship the Lord in the Beauty of Holiness" by John Samuel Bewley Monsell
A tear that trembles for a little while
Upon the trembling eyelid, till the world
Wavers within its circle like a dream,
Holds more of meaning in its narrow orb
Than all the distant landscape that it blurs.
"Dulciora" by Henry Van Dyke

In news:

David Miliband's adviser Lisa Tremble moves to Lexington Communications.
Earthquake makes Germantown tremble .
The Earth trembled in Md.
A Sandwich to Make Vegetarians Tremble .
The Pritzkers' Empire Trembles .
A nation trembling in fear.
Trembling Chihuahua found in dumpster.
Fear, Trembling , and Trepidation.
LOST 6.1: Fear and Trembling .
Guatemalan Nobel Peace Prize winner is subject of 1983 documentary "When the Mountains Tremble".
Rigoberta Menchú Tum will introduce the film "When the Mountains Tremble" at PeaceJam.
In " Unforgiven ," his trembling opponents don't need a second push.
Many King County and West Coast residents felt the earth tremble Friday afternoon as a magnitude-6.4 earthquake occurred off Vancouver Island .
Sweating and trembling as he fielded questions about last month's killer fire at one of his factories in.
For soccer, a global sport for well over a hundred years now, still trembles whenever somebody proposes a radical journey.

In science:

As ~α(t) · ~α(t) = 1, the instantaneous value of electron’s velocity during this trembling motion is always 1 (that is the velocity of light).
Zeno meets modern science
However this absence of trembling has a price: Newton-Wigner wave-packets cannot be localized sharper than 1/m.
Zeno meets modern science
The amplitude of the corresponding trembling motion in semiconductors can be quite large, as much as 64 ˚A for InSb , and can be experimentally observed using high-resolution scanning-probe microscopy imaging techniques .
Zeno meets modern science
Unfortunately, this quantum width is hardly measurable directly because it corresponds to an infinite wavelength perturbation (a formal limit of N → ∞ in (35)), but indirect effects of this quantum trembling of the cosmological background deserve further study.
Tunneling cosmological state revisited: Origin of inflation with a non-minimally coupled Standard Model Higgs inflaton
Zitterbewegung (German for trembling motion) is a highly oscillatory component in the orbital motion of free Dirac particles which is commonly considered to be a quirk of the very successful Dirac theory of relativistic electron dynamics.
Nanospintronics meets relativistic quantum physics: Ubiquity of Zitterbewegung effects