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Meaning of TRILL

Pronunciation:  'triling

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a note that alternates rapidly with another note a semitone above it
  2. [v]  sing with trills
  3. [v]  pronounce with a trill, of the phoneme 'r'; "Some speakers trill their r's"

TRILL is a 5 letter word that starts with T.


 Synonyms: quaver, shake, warble
 See Also: articulate, enounce, enunciate, musical note, note, pronounce, say, sing, sound out, tone



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Trill\, v. i. [OE. trillen to roll, turn round; of Scand.
    origin; cf. Sw. trilla to roll, Dan. trilde, Icel.
    [thorn]yrla to whirl, and E. thrill. Cf. {Thrill}.]
    To flow in a small stream, or in drops rapidly succeeding
    each other; to trickle. --Sir W. Scott.
          And now and then an ample tear trilled down Her
          delicate cheek.                          --Shak.
          Whispered sounds Of waters, trilling from the riven
          stone.                                   --Glover.
  2. \Trill\, v. t. [OE. trillen; cf. Sw. trilla to roll.]
    To turn round; to twirl. [Obs.] --Gascoigne.
          Bid him descend and trill another pin.   --Chaucer.
  3. \Trill\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Trilled}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Trilling}.] [It. trillare; probably of imitative origin.]
    To impart the quality of a trill to; to utter as, or with, a
    trill; as, to trill the r; to trill a note.
          The sober-suited songstress trills her lay. --Thomson.
  4. \Trill\, v. i.
    To utter trills or a trill; to play or sing in tremulous
    vibrations of sound; to have a trembling sound; to quaver.
          To judge of trilling notes and tripping feet. --Dryden.
  5. \Trill\, n. [It. trillo, fr. trillare. See {Trill} to
    1. A sound, of consonantal character, made with a rapid
       succession of partial or entire intermissions, by the
       vibration of some one part of the organs in the mouth --
       tongue, uvula, epiglottis, or lip -- against another part;
       as, the r is a trill in most languages.
    2. The action of the organs in producing such sounds; as, to
       give a trill to the tongue. d
    3. (Mus.) A shake or quaver of the voice in singing, or of
       the sound of an instrument, produced by the rapid
       alternation of two contiguous tones of the scale; as, to
       give a trill on the high C. See {Shake}.