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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.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.trilled - uttered with a trill; "she used rolling r's as in Spanish"
pronounceable - capable of being uttered or pronounced; "a pronounceable group of letters"
References in classic literature ?
She trilled along, and trilled along, and presently a handsome young page, clothed like the rainbow, and as easy and undulatory of movement as a wave, came with something on a golden salver, and, kneeling to present it to her, overdid his graces and lost his balance, and so fell lightly against her knee.
Everything was in blossom, the nightingales trilled, and their voices reverberated now near, now far away.
Larks trilled unseen above the velvety green fields and the ice-covered stubble-land; peewits wailed over the low lands and marshes flooded by the pools; cranes and wild geese flew high across the sky uttering their spring calls.