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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).
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(Biography) Lionel. 1905–75, US literary critic, whose works include The Liberal Imagination (1950) and Sincerity and Authenticity (1974)
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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.
Here Ariel lifted a whistle which hung around her neck, and blew the shrill trilling notes with the sound of which I was already familiar as the means of communication between Miserrimus Dexter and his slave.
While I was still looking at the ghastly composition before me, the shrill trilling sound of the whistle upstairs burst on the stillness.
She had reached her culmination: her voice rose trilling and bright over the storm of applause, and soared as high and joyful as her triumph.
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.
Probably the most influential literary critic in mid-century America, Lionel Trilling famously argued that literary taste and aesthetic experience were central to the formation of political ideology.
Form [i] just behind the trilling lips to focus the tone.
The most "visceral" and rancorous response, rationalizing his "minimal" Jewish involvement, came from Lionel Trilling. The fact that Trilling, nearing age forty, responded at all and responded so viscerally seemed out of character.
In his 1946 Introduction to The Partisan Reader, Lionel Trilling, who died 40 years ago today, lamented the disregard of serious literature in American cultural life: "Unless we insist that politics is imagination and mind," he wrote, "we will learn that imagination and mind are politics, and of a kind we will not like." Trilling pointed to the underlying cultural matrix of beliefs, values, and mental tendencies whose literary expression becomes the foundation of political action.
Those studied include Lionel Trilling, Dwight Macdonald, Alfred Kazin, William Maxwell, Saul Bellow and, of course, Mailer.