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1. A fluttering or tremulous sound, as that made by certain birds; a warble.
a. The rapid alternation of two tones either a whole or a half tone apart.
b. A vibrato.
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.]
Tril·ling(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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