tremulous

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj tremulous (of the voice) quivering as from weakness or fear "the old lady's quavering voice","spoke timidly in a tremulous voice"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Tremulous Affected with fear or timidity; trembling. "The tender, tremulous Christian."
    • Tremulous Shaking; shivering; quivering; as, a tremulous limb; a tremulous motion of the hand or the lips; the tremulous leaf of the poplar.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • tremulous Trembling; shaking; quivering; vibrating; unsteady.
    • tremulous Lacking firmness, resolution, or courage; feeble; wavering; timid.
    • tremulous In entomology, finely wavy: as, a tremulous line.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Tremulous trembling: affected with fear: quivering
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. tremulus, fr. tremere, to tremble. See Tremble
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. trembler—L. tremulus, trembling—tremĕre, to shake.

Usage

In literature:

How I yearned to give it and win the reward I imagined I saw on her tremulous lips!
"The Rustlers of Pecos County" by Zane Grey
Lane recalled Mel's pale sweet face, the shadowed eyes, the sad tremulous lips.
"The Day of the Beast" by Zane Grey
Her lips were tremulous, but an unusual spot of color was burning in her cheeks.
"The Lighted Way" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
Her eyes followed my glance, and I saw again that tremulous motion of her hands.
"Uncle Max" by Rosa Nouchette Carey
Her lips curled tremulously, and her bright eyes were sad.
"The Other Girls" by Mrs. A. D. T. Whitney
But they did so in their own tremulous and spasmodic way, and got little credit for it.
"Tales from Many Sources" by Various
A tremulous sigh warned him.
"Poor Man's Rock" by Bertrand W. Sinclair
For a moment, Mrs. Rayner glared at her in tremulous indignation and dismay.
"The Deserter" by Charles King
She gave a funny little tremulous laugh.
"The Safety Curtain, and Other Stories" by Ethel M. Dell
About her eyes was a slight redness, but on her lips there was a tremulous smile.
"The Iron Furrow" by George C. Shedd
Her lovely little face wore a sort of tremulous radiance.
"Emily Fox-Seton" by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Her mouth was tremulous as a distressed child's.
"The Dreamer" by Mary Newton Stanard
He lived over again joyfully that happy moment when June had stood before him pulsing with life, eager, fear-filled, tremulous.
"The Fighting Edge" by William MacLeod Raine
There were strange gleams in those dark eyes; her red lips were tremulous whether she spoke or not.
"Judith of the Cumberlands" by Alice MacGowan
And because her hand went to her heart, and her lips parted tremulously, Harboro stopped.
"Children of the Desert" by Louis Dodge
Culpepper said tremulously: 'She hath her father's commands to hasten to Dover.
"The Fifth Queen" by Ford Madox Ford
She smiled tremulously, reading the distress in his eyes.
"The Phantom Lover" by Ruby M. Ayres
How tremulous her mouth!
"The Romance of a Plain Man" by Ellen Glasgow
Davidge went to his desk tremulous; Mamise to her typewriter.
"The Cup of Fury" by Rupert Hughes
It rather sent a tremulous thrill through her as she touched it that was more likely to make her falter than succeed.
"Lippincott's Magazine, Vol. 20, No. 33, November 1877" by Various
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In poetry:

"Did you never hear how, years gone by," —
She spoke in a tremulous undertone—
"Bereft of friends, o'er the world's highways,
I wandered forth as a child alone?
"Rose In The Garden" by Horatio Alger Jr
But at length he explained, in a tremulous tone,
There was only one Beaver on board;
And that was a tame one he had of his own,
Whose death would be deeply deplored.
"The Hunting Of The Snark " by Lewis Carroll
Fair are the flowers, but she’s fairer far,
Lovelier she than the Evening Star,
Pure as the moonbeams that tremulous shine,
Flooding the earth with their sheen divine.
"White Canoe—A Legend Of Niagara Falls" by Rosanna Eleanor Leprohon
And Rose—I could feel her cheek grow pale—
Her voice was tremulous, then grew strong—
"Richard," she said, "your words are wild,
And you do my guardian bitter wrong.
"Rose In The Garden" by Horatio Alger Jr
Sun of the sleepless! melancholy star!
Whose tearful beam glows tremulously far,
That show'st the darkness thou canst not dispel,
How like art thou to joy remember'd well!
"Sun Of The Sleepless!" by Lord George Gordon Byron
The mighty river rushes, sobbing, seawards,
The shadows shelter faint mysterious fears,
I turn mine eyes for consolation theewards,
And find thy lashes tremulous with tears.
"Nay, Not To-night" by Laurence Hope

In news:

A beautiful love story tremulously unfolds in the Washington University's student production of Cabaret, and when it falls to pieces it pierces your heart with a nagging ache.
With Tremulous Emotion, Bush Reads Your E-Mail.
A beautiful love story tremulously unfolds in the Washington University's student production of Cabaret , and when it falls to pieces it pierces your heart with a nagging ache.
A Quiet Storm begins with the sound of a summer shower, a flute, tremulous congas and vibes and Smokey breathlessly caressing the words, "Soft and warm, a quiet storm".
The songs are sturdy enough, evoking classic Neil Young and post-Byrds Roger McGuinn, but given Wilson 's tremulous voice and sweet song titles, it sometimes seems he's singing to a kindergarten class.
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