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qua·ver

 (kwā′vər)
v. qua·vered, qua·ver·ing, qua·vers
v.intr.
1. To quiver, as from weakness; tremble.
2. To speak in a quivering voice; utter a quivering sound.
3. Music To produce a trill on an instrument or with the voice.
v.tr.
To utter or sing in a trilling voice.
n.
1. A quivering sound.
2. Music
a. A trill.
b. An eighth note.

[Middle English quaveren, probably frequentative of cwavien, quaven, to tremble.]

qua′ver·ing·ly adv.
qua′ver·y adj.
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quaver

(ˈkweɪvə)
vb
1. to say or sing (something) with a trembling voice
2. (intr) (esp of the voice) to quiver, tremble, or shake
3. (Music, other) (intr) rare to sing or play quavers or ornamental trills
n
4. (Music, other) music a note having the time value of an eighth of a semibreve. Usual US and Canadian name: eighth note
5. a tremulous sound or note
[C15 (in the sense: to vibrate, quiver1): from quaven to tremble, of Germanic origin; compare Low German quabbeln to tremble]
ˈquaverer n
ˈquavering adj
ˈquaveringly adv
ˈquavery adj
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qua•ver

(ˈkweɪ vər)

v.i.
1. to shake tremulously; quiver or tremble.
2. to sound, speak, or sing tremulously.
3. to perform trills in music.
v.t.
4. to utter, say, or sing with a quavering voice.
n.
5. a quivering or trembling, esp. in the voice.
6. a quavering tone or utterance.
[1400–50; appar. frequentative of Middle English quaven to tremble, shake]
qua′ver•er, n.
qua′ver•ing•ly, adv.
qua′ver•y, adj.
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quaver

- Came from the now obsolete Middle English quave, "tremble."
See also related terms for tremble.
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Quaver

 of coloraturas—Lipton, 1970.
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quaver


Past participle: quavered
Gerund: quavering

Imperative
quaver
quaver
Present
I quaver
you quaver
he/she/it quavers
we quaver
you quaver
they quaver
Preterite
I quavered
you quavered
he/she/it quavered
we quavered
you quavered
they quavered
Present Continuous
I am quavering
you are quavering
he/she/it is quavering
we are quavering
you are quavering
they are quavering
Present Perfect
I have quavered
you have quavered
he/she/it has quavered
we have quavered
you have quavered
they have quavered
Past Continuous
I was quavering
you were quavering
he/she/it was quavering
we were quavering
you were quavering
they were quavering
Past Perfect
I had quavered
you had quavered
he/she/it had quavered
we had quavered
you had quavered
they had quavered
Future
I will quaver
you will quaver
he/she/it will quaver
we will quaver
you will quaver
they will quaver
Future Perfect
I will have quavered
you will have quavered
he/she/it will have quavered
we will have quavered
you will have quavered
they will have quavered
Future Continuous
I will be quavering
you will be quavering
he/she/it will be quavering
we will be quavering
you will be quavering
they will be quavering
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been quavering
you have been quavering
he/she/it has been quavering
we have been quavering
you have been quavering
they have been quavering
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been quavering
you will have been quavering
he/she/it will have been quavering
we will have been quavering
you will have been quavering
they will have been quavering
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been quavering
you had been quavering
he/she/it had been quavering
we had been quavering
you had been quavering
they had been quavering
Conditional
I would quaver
you would quaver
he/she/it would quaver
we would quaver
you would quaver
they would quaver
Past Conditional
I would have quavered
you would have quavered
he/she/it would have quavered
we would have quavered
you would have quavered
they would have quavered
Collins English Verb Tables © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.quaver - a tremulous sound
sound - the sudden occurrence of an audible event; "the sound awakened them"
2.quaver - a musical note having the time value of an eighth of a whole notequaver - a musical note having the time value of an eighth of a whole note
musical note, note, tone - a notation representing the pitch and duration of a musical sound; "the singer held the note too long"
Verb1.quaver - give off unsteady sounds, alternating in amplitude or frequency
vocalize, voice, vocalise, sound - utter with vibrating vocal chords
2.quaver - sing or play with trills, alternating with the half note above or belowquaver - 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"
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quaver

verb tremble, shake, quiver, thrill, quake, shudder, flicker, flutter, waver, vibrate, pulsate, oscillate, trill, twitter Her voice quavered and she fell silent.
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quaver

verb
To move to and fro in short, jerky movements:
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Translations
إرْتِعاش، تَهَدُّجرُبْع نَغَمَه موسيقيَّهيتَهَدَّج الصَّوْت
chvěníchvět seosminová nota
ottendedelsnodeskælveskælven
remegésreszketreszketéstrilláziknyolcad
áttundapartsnótaskjálfti, titringurtitra, skjálfa
aštuntinė gaidadrebėjimas
astotdaļnotsdrebēšanadrebēttrīsēšanatrīsēt
osminová nota
osminka
sekizlik notatitremetitremek

quaver

[ˈkweɪvəʳ]
A. N (when speaking) → temblor m (Mus) (= trill) → trémolo m (Brit) (= note) → corchea f
with a quaver in her voicecon voz trémula
B. VI [voice] → temblar
C. VT "yes," she quavered-sí -dijo con voz trémula or temblorosa
D. CPD quaver rest N (Brit) → pausa f de corchea
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

quaver

[ˈkweɪvər]
n
(British) (MUSIC)croche f
(in voice)tremblement m
vi [voice] → trembler
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

quaver

n
(esp Brit Mus) → Achtel (→ note f) nt; quaver restAchtelpause f
(in voice) → Beben nt, → Zittern nt; with a quaver in her voicemit bebender or zitternder Stimme
vi (voice)beben, zittern; (Mus) → tremolieren
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007

quaver

[ˈkweɪvəʳ]
1. n (when speaking) → tremolio (Brit) (Mus, YYY) (note) → croma
2. vi (voice) → tremare, tremolare
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

quaver

(ˈkweivə) verb
(especially of a sound or a person's voice) to shake or tremble. The old man's voice quavered.
noun
1. a shaking or trembling. There was a quaver in her voice.
2. a note equal to half a crotchet in length.
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary © 2006-2013 K Dictionaries Ltd.

quaver

n. vibración, temblor;
v. vibrar, temblar.
English-Spanish Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012
References in classic literature ?
—Hear how old John turns his quavers. What damned dull music an Indian song is, after all, Major!
When Claude and Quasimodo went out together, which frequently happened, and when they were seen traversing in company, the valet behind the master, the cold, narrow, and gloomy streets of the block of Notre-Dame, more than one evil word, more than one ironical quaver, more than one insulting jest greeted them on their way, unless Claude Frollo, which was rarely the case, walked with head upright and raised, showing his severe and almost august brow to the dumbfounded jeerers.
"Here many a time," He quavered, "armies have been overwhelmed, And the faint voices of the unresting dead Often upon the darkness of the night Go wailing by." O sorrow!
"Well, Master Marner," he said, in a voice that quavered a good deal, "I've lived to see my words come true.
In his voice was an old quaver which was not habitual and there was agitation in every line of his visage.
Someone was singing, a dull, old, droning sailor's song, with a droop and a quaver at the end of every verse, and seemingly no end to it at all but the patience of the singer.
"Me old fella boy too much," the one-legged Methuselah quavered. "Long time too much no smoke 'm tobacco.
"Oh, Miss Honeychurch, that you should come!" he quavered; and Lucy saw an alteration in him since last Sunday.
Laurence, who looked quite taken aback, and held out her hand, saying, with only a small quaver in her voice, "I came to thank you, sir, for..." But she didn't finish, for he looked so friendly that she forgot her speech and, only remembering that he had lost the little girl he loved, she put both arms round his neck and kissed him.
It was a pity that I should have had to quaver out again the reasons for my not having, in my delusion, so much as questioned that the little girl saw our visitant even as I actually saw Mrs.
But Robin's voice did not quaver forth weakly, as formerly, and his figure had stiffened bolt upright beneath the black robe that covered his rags.
"Got Jason aboard here," Disko answered, but his voice quavered. "There - warn't any one else?"