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Meaning of QUAVER

Pronunciation:  'kweyvur

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a musical note having the time value of an eighth of a whole note
  2. [n]  a tremulous sound
  3. [v]  sing with trills
  4. [v]  give off unsteady sounds, alternating in amplitude or frequency

QUAVER is a 6 letter word that starts with Q.


 Synonyms: eighth note, trill, warble, waver
 See Also: musical note, note, sing, sound, sound, tone, vocalise, vocalize, voice



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Qua"ver\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Quavered}; p. pr. & vb.
    n. {Quavering}.] [OE. quaven to shake, to tremble; cf. LG.
    quabbeln to shake, to be soft, of fat substances, quabbe a
    fat lump of flesh, a dewlap, D. kwabbe, and E. quiver, v.]
    1. To tremble; to vibrate; to shake. --Sir I. Newton.
    2. Especially, to shake the voice; to utter or form sound
       with rapid or tremulous vibrations, as in singing; also,
       to trill on a musical instrument
  2. \Qua"ver\, v. t.
    To utter with quavers.
          We shall hear her quavering them . . . to some
          sprightly airs of the opera.             --Addison.
  3. \Qua"ver\, n.
    1. A shake, or rapid and tremulous vibration, of the voice,
       or of an instrument of music.
    2. (Mus.) An eighth note. See {Eighth}.