Trill

Definition of Trill

v. i.1.To flow in a small stream, or in drops rapidly succeeding each other; to trickle.
And now and then an ample tear trilled down
Her delicate cheek.
- Shak.
Whispered sounds
Of waters, trilling from the riven stone.
- Glover.
v. t.1.To turn round; to twirl.
Bid him descend and trill another pin.
- Chaucer.
1.To impart the quality of a trill to; to utter as, or with, a trill; as, to trill the r; to trill a note.
[imp. & p. p. Trilled ; p. pr. & vb. n. Trilling.]
The sober-suited songstress trills her lay.
- Thomson.
v. i.1.To utter trills or a trill; to play or sing in tremulous vibrations of sound; to have a trembling sound; to quaver.
To judge of trilling notes and tripping feet.
- Dryden.
n.1.
1.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.
2.The action of the organs in producing such sounds; as, to give a trill to the tongue. d
3.(Mus.) A shake or quaver of the voice in singing, or of the sound of an instrument, produced by the rapid alternation of two contiguous tones of the scale; as, to give a trill on the high C. See Shake.

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