trill (plural trills)
- (music) A rapid alternation between an indicated note and the one above it, in musical notation usually indicated with the letters tr written above the staff.
- (phonetics) A type of consonantal sound that is produced by vibrations of the tongue against the place of articulation, for example, Spanish rr.
rapid alternation of notes
- (intransitive) To create a trill sound; 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.
- (transitive) To impart the quality of a trill to; to utter as, or with, a trill.
- to trill a note, or the letter r
- The sober-suited songstress trills her lay.
- (intransitive, obsolete) To trickle.
1603, John Florio, transl.; Michel de Montaigne, Essayes, printed at London: Edward Blount, OCLC 946730821:, II.30:
- I come now from seeing of a shepheard at Medoc […] who had no signe at all of genitorie parts: But where they should be, are three little holes, by which his water doth continually tril from him.
- And now and then an ample tear trilled down / Her delicate cheek.
- Whispered sounds / Of waters, trilling from the riven stone.
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