Definition of Trill

1. Noun. A note that alternates rapidly with another note a semitone above it.

Exact synonyms: Shake
Generic synonyms: Musical Note, Note, Tone

2. Verb. Pronounce with a trill, of the phoneme 'r'. "Some speakers trill their r's"

3. Noun. 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"
Generic synonyms: Articulation

4. Verb. Sing or play with trills, alternating with the half note above or below. "They will trill the duet"
Exact synonyms: Quaver, Warble
Generic synonyms: Sing
Derivative terms: Quaver, Warbler

Definition of Trill

1. v. i. To flow in a small stream, or in drops rapidly succeeding each other; to trickle.

2. v. t. To turn round; to twirl.

3. v. t. To impart the quality of a trill to; to utter as, or with, a trill; as, to trill the r; to trill a note.

4. v. i. To utter trills or a trill; to play or sing in tremulous vibrations of sound; to have a trembling sound; to quaver.

5. n. 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.

Definition of Trill

1. Noun. (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. ¹

2. Noun. (context: phonetics) A type of consonantal sound that is produced by vibrations of the tongue against the place of articulation, for example, Spanish ''rr''. ¹

3. Verb. (intransitive) To create a trill sound. ¹

4. Verb. (intransitive) To trickle. ¹

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Definition of Trill

1. to sing or play with a vibrating effect [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Trill

trill (current term)
trillion floating point operations per second

Literary usage of Trill

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Art of Singing: Based on the Principles of the Old Italian Singing by William Shakespeare (1910)
"Should be sung. ' Allegro. When written. Should be sung. Andante. Should be sung. Should be sung. Allegro Allegro. trill. The trill is an embellishment ..."

2. Violin Playing as I Teach it by Leopold Auer (1921)
"VII THE trill I have no hesitation in saying that a perfect trill is one of the virtuoso's most striking accomplishments. We have long trills and short ..."

3. Music Notation and Terminology by Karl Wilson Gehrkens (1914)
"The following are the embellishments most commonly found: trill (or shake), ... Whether the trill is to begin with the principal tone (represented by the ..."

4. Elson's Music Dictionary: Containing the Definition and Pronunciation of by Louis Charles Elson (1905)
"Grace-notes before or after a trill form part of it and are played in the same ... A trill generally ends Played. Written. with a turn, especially if it has ..."

5. A Dictionary of Musical Terms: Containing Upwards of 9,000 English, French by Theodore Baker (1895)
"(e) à These are the typical forms of the long trill ; they differ in different kinds of ... The last is one form of the short trill, which might, in turn, ..."

6. The Musiclover's Handbook: Containing (1) a Pronouncing Dictionary of by John Herbert Clifford (1911)
"From this it will be seen that the beats of a trill may be either twofold or threefold, and the smallest complete trill, according with the modern ..."

7. The pilgrim's progress from this world to that which is to come by John Bunyan (1838)
"Yea, I will testify that only you My Pilgrims are, and that alone trill do. S. OBJECTION. ... trill ..."

8. Studies in Musical Graces by Ernest Fowles (1907)
"The auxiliary sound of a trill upon the 6th of the minor scale is the minor 7th. ... For example, the trill commences with the principal sound when it is ..."

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