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trem·u·lous

 (trĕm′yə-ləs)
adj.
1.
a. Marked by trembling, quivering, or shaking: tremulous hands.
b. Marked by a rapid varying between pitches or tones: a tremulous voice.
2. Timid or fearful: "the tremulous daughter who never left her father's house" (Margo Jefferson).

[From Latin tremulus, from tremere, to tremble.]

trem′u·lous·ly adv.
trem′u·lous·ness n.

tremulous

(ˈtrɛmjʊləs)
adj
1. vibrating slightly; quavering; trembling: a tremulous voice.
2. showing or characterized by fear, anxiety, excitement, etc
[C17: from Latin tremulus quivering, from tremere to shake]
ˈtremulously adv
ˈtremulousness n

trem•u•lous

(ˈtrɛm yə ləs)

adj.
1. (of persons, the body, etc.) characterized by trembling, as from fear or nervousness.
2. timid; fearful.
3. (of things) vibratory or quivering.
4. (of writing) done with a trembling hand.
[1605–15; < Latin tremulus=trem(ere) to tremble + -ulus adj. suffix]
trem′u•lous•ly, adv.
trem′u•lous•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.tremulous - (of the voice) quivering as from weakness or feartremulous - (of the voice) quivering as from weakness or fear; "the old lady's quavering voice"; "spoke timidly in a tremulous voice"
unsteady - subject to change or variation; "her unsteady walk"; "his hand was unsteady as he poured the wine"; "an unsteady voice"

tremulous

(Literary)
adjective
1. trembling, shaking, nervous, shivering, shaky, wavering, quivering, vibrating, quavering, unsteady, trembly (informal), aflutter, aquiver, quivery The old man's voice was tremulous.
2. timid, excited, afraid, frightened, scared, nervous, anxious, fearful, agitated, jittery (informal), jumpy, agog, antsy (informal) All she could manage was a tremulous smile.

tremulous

adjective
Marked by or affected with tremors:
Translations
epävarmahermostunuttärisevävapiseva

tremulous

[ˈtremjʊləs] ADJtrémulo (liter), tembloroso

tremulous

[ˈtrɛmjʊləs] adj [voice, smile] → tremblant(e)

tremulous

adj (= trembling) voicezitternd, bebend; handzitternd; handwritingzittrig; breathbebend; (= timid) smile, personzaghaft, schüchtern; requestzaghaft

tremulous

[ˈtrɛmjʊləs] adj (liter) (trembling) → tremulo/a; (timid) → timido/a

trem·u·lous

a. trémulo-a, afectado-a por un estremecimiento o que posee las características de un temblor.

tremulous

adj tembloroso
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Every effort to detect the point most regarded by the runner was completely frustrated by the tremulous glances of his organs, which seemed not to rest a single instant on any particular object, and which, at the same time, could be hardly said to move.
Whatever movement there was in the stifling air was seen rather than felt in a tremulous, quivering, upward-moving dust along the flank of the mountain, through which the spires of the pines were faintly visible.
The company, tremulous as the leaves of a tree, when all are shaking together, drew nearer, and perceived that there was an unnatural distortion in the fixedness of Colonel Pyncheon's stare; that there was blood on his ruff, and that his hoary beard was saturated with it.
His voice and laugh, which perpetually re-echoed through the Custom-House, had nothing of the tremulous quaver and cackle of an old man's utterance; they came strutting out of his lungs, like the crow of a cock, or the blast of a clarion.
For a moment the exhausted mutineer made a tremulous motion of his cramped jaws, and then painfully twisting round his head, said in a sort of hiss, "What I say is this --and mind it well if you flog me, I murder you
Such an added, gliding strangeness began to invest the thin Fedallah now; such ceaseless shudderings shook him; that the men looked dubious at him; half uncertain, as it seemed, whether indeed he were a mortal substance, or else a tremulous shadow cast upon the deck by some unseen being's body.
It seemed strange and ghostlike in that dreary old house, perhaps because of the already tremulous state of his nerves.
Emma felt that her own note had deserved something better; but it was impossible to quarrel with words, whose tremulous inequality shewed indisposition so plainly, and she thought only of how she might best counteract this unwillingness to be seen or assisted.
And on the trunk of the tree he leaned against, a brown squirrel was clinging and watching him, and from behind a bush nearby a cock pheasant was delicately stretching his neck to peep out, and quite near him were two rabbits sitting up and sniffing with tremulous noses--and actually it appeared as if they were all drawing near to watch him and listen to the strange low little call his pipe seemed to make.
With drooping heads and tremulous tails, they mashed their way through the thick mud, floundering and stumbling between whiles, as if they were falling to pieces at the larger joints.
The ancient tower of a church, whose gruff old bell was always peeping slily down at Scrooge out of a Gothic window in the wall, became invisible, and struck the hours and quarters in the clouds, with tremulous vibrations afterwards as if its teeth were chattering in its frozen head up there.
I am afraid I was in a tremulous state for a minute or so, though I did my best to disguise it.