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1. A fluttering or tremulous sound, as that made by certain birds; a warble.
2. Music
a. The rapid alternation of two tones either a whole or a half tone apart.
b. A vibrato.
3. Linguistics
a. A rapid vibration of one speech organ against another, as of the tongue against the alveolar ridge in Spanish rr.
b. A speech sound pronounced with such a vibration.
v. trilled, tril·ling, trills
1. To sound, sing, or play with a trill.
2. To articulate (a sound) with a trill.
To produce or give forth a trill.

[Italian trillo, from trillare, to trill, probably ultimately of imitative origin.]


 (trĭl′ĭng), Lionel 1905-1975.
American literary critic whose works include Beyond Culture (1965) and Sincerity and Authenticity (1972).


(Biography) Lionel. 1905–75, US literary critic, whose works include The Liberal Imagination (1950) and Sincerity and Authenticity (1974)
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Noun1.Trilling - United States literary critic (1905-1975)
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The old maid regretted that she couldn't come to an understanding with the nightingales nesting in the trees, in order to obtain their finest trilling.
It was but about a mile and a half to Broxton over the opposite slope, and their road wound very pleasantly along lanes and across fields, where the pale woodbines and the dog-roses were scenting the hedgerows, and the birds were twittering and trilling in the tall leafy boughs of oak and elm.
Trilling it out like a kind of bird, with a pretty high note, that it may be audible to the old lady above the hum of the wheels.
The days seemed to have gone by for that over-strained sensitiveness which was continually giving rise to senseless bickerings, when every trilling breeze seemed to fan the smouldering fires of jealousy.
Her trilling laughter smote upon his reverie, and he stepped to the screen-door, through which he could see her running down the path to the beach.
He lifted something bright and metallic, hanging round his neck, and blew on it a series of shrill, trilling, bird-like notes.
It was now a pleasant evening in the latter end of June, when our heroe was walking in a most delicious grove, where the gentle breezes fanning the leaves, together with the sweet trilling of a murmuring stream, and the melodious notes of nightingales, formed altogether the most enchanting harmony.
In Seaton's view, Trilling is one of the chief exemplars of humanistic criticism, and in this respect he is of course correct, although it is necessary to overlook a great deal about Trilling's leftist politics and Freudianism to arrive at this conclusion.
Northern Arizona University researchers David Trilling and Michael Mommert, while playing a well-defined role in the NASA Asteroid Initiative, are beginning to wonder if they have found a separate path of investigation.
The latter showed little resistance and immediately fled, whereupon the regular female engaged in duet trilling with the male.
Increasingly, information security is about situational awareness, said Stephen Trilling, chief technology officer at Symantec.
Trilling is an experienced journalist who knows his material, gets close to his sources, and writes in a readable and convincing style.