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noun (n)

  • a note that alternates rapidly with another note a semitone above it (noun.communication)
    Synonym: shake
    source: wordnet30
  • the articulation of a consonant (especially the consonant `r') with a rapid flutter of the tongue against the palate or uvula (noun.communication)
    He pronounced his R's with a distinct trill.
    source: wordnet30
  • A sound, of consonantal character, made with a rapid succession of partial or entire intermissions, by the vibration of some one part of the organs in the mouth -- tongue, uvula, epiglottis, or lip -- against another part; as, the r is a trill in most languages. (noun)
    source: webster1913

verb (v)

  • pronounce with a trill, of the phoneme `r' (verb.communication)
    Some speakers trill their r's.
    source: wordnet30
  • sing or play with trills, alternating with the half note above or below (verb.communication)
    Synonym: quaver, warble
    source: wordnet30
  • To flow in a small stream, or in drops rapidly succeeding each other; to trickle. (verb)
    source: webster1913
  • To turn round; to twirl. (verb)
    source: webster1913
  • To impart the quality of a trill to; to utter as, or with, a trill; as, to trill the r; to trill a note. (verb)
    source: webster1913
  • To utter trills or a trill; to play or sing in tremulous vibrations of sound; to have a trembling sound; to quaver. (verb)
    source: webster1913

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