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trill

 (trĭl)
n.
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
v.tr.
1. To sound, sing, or play with a trill.
2. To articulate (a sound) with a trill.
v.intr.
To produce or give forth a trill.

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

trill

(trɪl)
n
1. (Music, other) music a melodic ornament consisting of a rapid alternation between a principal note and the note a whole tone or semitone above it. Usual symbol: tr. (written above a note) or tr
2. a shrill warbling sound, esp as made by some birds
3. (Phonetics & Phonology) phonetics
a. the articulation of an (r) sound produced by holding the tip of the tongue close to the alveolar ridge, allowing the tongue to make a succession of taps against the ridge
b. the production of a similar effect using the uvula against the back of the tongue
vb
4. to sound, sing, or play (a trill or with a trill)
5. (Phonetics & Phonology) (tr) to pronounce (an (r) sound) by the production of a trill
[C17: from Italian trillo, from trillare, apparently from Middle Dutch trillen to vibrate]

trill

(trɪl)
vb, n
an archaic or poetic word for trickle
[C14: probably of Scandinavian origin; related to Norwegian trilla to roll; see trill1]

trill

(trɪl)

n.
1. a rapid alternation of two adjacent musical tones; shake.
2. a similar quavering sound, as that made by a bird or a person laughing.
3.
a. a sequence of rapid vibratory movements produced in a speech organ, as the tongue or uvula, by air from the lungs, causing a corresponding sequence of contacts between the vibrating articulator and another surface.
b. a speech sound produced by a trill.
v.t.
4. to sing, utter, or play with a trill.
5. to pronounce with a trill: to trill an r.
v.i.
6. to perform or utter a trill.
[1635–45; < Italian trillo, appar. of expressive orig.]

trill


Past participle: trilled
Gerund: trilling

Imperative
trill
trill
Present
I trill
you trill
he/she/it trills
we trill
you trill
they trill
Preterite
I trilled
you trilled
he/she/it trilled
we trilled
you trilled
they trilled
Present Continuous
I am trilling
you are trilling
he/she/it is trilling
we are trilling
you are trilling
they are trilling
Present Perfect
I have trilled
you have trilled
he/she/it has trilled
we have trilled
you have trilled
they have trilled
Past Continuous
I was trilling
you were trilling
he/she/it was trilling
we were trilling
you were trilling
they were trilling
Past Perfect
I had trilled
you had trilled
he/she/it had trilled
we had trilled
you had trilled
they had trilled
Future
I will trill
you will trill
he/she/it will trill
we will trill
you will trill
they will trill
Future Perfect
I will have trilled
you will have trilled
he/she/it will have trilled
we will have trilled
you will have trilled
they will have trilled
Future Continuous
I will be trilling
you will be trilling
he/she/it will be trilling
we will be trilling
you will be trilling
they will be trilling
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been trilling
you have been trilling
he/she/it has been trilling
we have been trilling
you have been trilling
they have been trilling
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been trilling
you will have been trilling
he/she/it will have been trilling
we will have been trilling
you will have been trilling
they will have been trilling
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been trilling
you had been trilling
he/she/it had been trilling
we had been trilling
you had been trilling
they had been trilling
Conditional
I would trill
you would trill
he/she/it would trill
we would trill
you would trill
they would trill
Past Conditional
I would have trilled
you would have trilled
he/she/it would have trilled
we would have trilled
you would have trilled
they would have trilled
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.trill - a note that alternates rapidly with another note a semitone above ittrill - a note that alternates rapidly with another note a semitone above it
musical note, note, tone - a notation representing the pitch and duration of a musical sound; "the singer held the note too long"
2.trill - the articulation of a consonant (especially the consonant `r') with a rapid flutter of the tongue against the palate or uvula; "he pronounced his R's with a distinct trill"
articulation - the aspect of pronunciation that involves bringing articulatory organs together so as to shape the sounds of speech
Verb1.trill - pronounce with a trill, of the phoneme `r'; "Some speakers trill their r's"
enounce, enunciate, pronounce, sound out, articulate, say - speak, pronounce, or utter in a certain way; "She pronounces French words in a funny way"; "I cannot say `zip wire'"; "Can the child sound out this complicated word?"
2.trill - sing or play with trills, alternating with the half note above or belowtrill - sing or play with trills, alternating with the half note above or below
sing - produce tones with the voice; "She was singing while she was cooking"; "My brother sings very well"
Translations

trill

[trɪl]
A. N [of bird] → gorjeo m, trino m; [of phone] → sonido m, ring-ring m (Mus) → trino m (Phon) [of "R"] → vibración f
B. VI [bird] → gorjear, trinar; [phone] → sonar
C. VT
1. (Phon) → hacer vibrar
to trill one's Rshacer vibrar las erres
trilled Rerre vibrada
2. (= say) "how adorable!," she trilled-¡qué encantador! -gorjeó

trill

n
(of bird)Trillern nt; (of voice)Tremolo nt
(Mus) → Triller m
(Phon) → Rollen nt, → rollende Aussprache
vt
(person) → trällern
(Mus) notetrillern
(Phon) consonantrollen, rollend aussprechen
vi
(bird)trillern, tirilieren (geh); (person)trällern
(Mus) → trillern

trill

[trɪl] n (of bird) (Mus) → trillo
References in classic literature ?
The robin flew from his swinging spray of ivy on to the top of the wall and he opened his beak and sang a loud, lovely trill, merely to show off.
As the dun nightingale, daughter of Pandareus, sings in the early spring from her seat in shadiest covert hid, and with many a plaintive trill pours out the tale how by mishap she killed her own child Itylus, son of king Zethus, even so does my mind toss and turn in its uncertainty whether I ought to stay with my son here, and safeguard my substance, my bondsmen, and the greatness of my house, out of regard to public opinion and the memory of my late husband, or whether it is not now time for me to go with the best of these suitors who are wooing me and making me such magnificent presents.
There was an indescribable little trill and tremble in it, at its loudest, which suggested its being carried off its legs, and made to leap again, by its own intense enthusiasm.
It was broken by the high trill of the telephone-bell.
It was only the soft twitter of a bird, but it seemed to be a peculiarly gifted bird, for while she listened the soft twitter changed to a lively whistle, then a trill, a coo, a chirp, and ended in a musical mixture of all the notes, as if the bird burst out laughing.
cried the tire-woman, with a little trill of laughter.
The bird sang until the ceremony was ended and then it wound up with one mad little, glad little trill.
As the sparrow had its trill, sitting on the hickory before my door, so had I my chuckle or suppressed warble which he might hear out of my nest.
There was quite a fresh trill in his voice, when, arriving at the counting-house in St Mary Axe, and finding it for the moment empty, he trolled forth at the foot of the staircase: 'Now, Judah, what are you up to there?
And of course he knows himself that he is doing himself no sort of good with his moans; he knows better than anyone that he is only lacerating and harassing himself and others for nothing; he knows that even the audience before whom he is making his efforts, and his whole family, listen to him with loathing, do not put a ha'porth of faith in him, and inwardly understand that he might moan differently, more simply, without trills and flourishes, and that he is only amusing himself like that from ill-humour, from malignancy.
But you must know a mother listens with her heart much more than with her ears; and thus she is often delighted with the trills of celestial music, when other people can hear nothing of the kind.
He quavered it out to the end, marking the trills with the flat of his sword on the pony's rump.