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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.]
1. (Music, other) music a melodic ornament consisting of a rapid alternation between a principal note and the note a whole tone or semitone above it. Usual symbol: tr. (written above a note) or tr
2. a shrill warbling sound, esp as made by some birds
3. (Phonetics & Phonology) phonetics
a. the articulation of an (r) sound produced by holding the tip of the tongue close to the alveolar ridge, allowing the tongue to make a succession of taps against the ridge
b. the production of a similar effect using the uvula against the back of the tongue
4. to sound, sing, or play (a trill or with a trill)
5. (Phonetics & Phonology) (tr) to pronounce (an (r) sound) by the production of a trill
[C17: from Italian trillo, from trillare, apparently from Middle Dutch trillen to vibrate]
an archaic or poetic word for trickle
[C14: probably of Scandinavian origin; related to Norwegian trilla to roll; see trill1]
1. a rapid alternation of two adjacent musical tones; shake.
2. a similar quavering sound, as that made by a bird or a person laughing.
a. a sequence of rapid vibratory movements produced in a speech organ, as the tongue or uvula, by air from the lungs, causing a corresponding sequence of contacts between the vibrating articulator and another surface.
b. a speech sound produced by a trill.
4. to sing, utter, or play with a trill.
5. to pronounce with a trill: to trill an r.v.i.
6. to perform or utter a trill.
[1635–45; < Italian trillo, appar. of expressive orig.]
Past participle: trilled
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|Noun||1.||trill - a note that alternates rapidly with another note a semitone above it|
|2.||trill - the articulation of a consonant (especially the consonant `r') with a rapid flutter of the tongue against the palate or uvula; "he pronounced his R's with a distinct trill"|
articulation - the aspect of pronunciation that involves bringing articulatory organs together so as to shape the sounds of speech
|Verb||1.||trill - pronounce with a trill, of the phoneme `r'; "Some speakers trill their r's"|
|2.||trill - 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"
A. N [of bird] → gorjeo m, trino m; [of phone] → sonido m, ring-ring m (Mus) → trino m (Phon) [of "R"] → vibración f