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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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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.
Form [i] just behind the trilling lips to focus the tone.
Trilling in his writing and persona was known as gracious, reserved, balanced.
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.
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.
Trilling creia que la mejor critica literaria tiende puentes entre diversas disciplinas (la psicologia, la filosofia, la ciencia politica) y, sobre todo, debe proponerse cautivar al lector con las mismas estrategias de seduccion que utiliza un poeta o un novelista.