Quaver Qua"ver, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Quavered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Quavering}.] [OE. quaven to shake, to tremble; cf. LG. quabbeln to shake, to be soft, of fat substances, quabbe a fat lump of flesh, a dewlap, D. kwabbe, and E. quiver, v.] 1. To tremble; to vibrate; to shake. --Sir I. Newton. [1913 Webster]

2. Especially, to shake the voice; to utter or form sound with rapid or tremulous vibrations, as in singing; also, to trill on a musical instrument [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • quavering — adjective (of the voice) quivering as from weakness or fear (Freq. 3) the old lady s quavering voice spoke timidly in a tremulous voice • Syn: ↑tremulous • Similar to: ↑unsteady …   Useful english dictionary

  • quavering — Synonyms and related words: ague, aspen, blurred, breathy, bumpiness, chattering, choked, choking, chorea, cold shivers, croaking, didder, disquiet, disquietude, dithers, drawling, drawly, dysphonic, fidgetiness, fidgets, fits and starts, flutter …   Moby Thesaurus

  • quavering — adj. tremulous; quivering qua·ver || kweɪvÉ™(r) n. shiver, tremble; trembling voice or sound; eighth note (Music) v. tremble, vibrate; speak in a trembling voice; trill a sound, make a sound waver …   English contemporary dictionary

  • quavering — See: quaver …   English dictionary

  • quavering —   Ha alulu, ha iha i …   English-Hawaiian dictionary

  • quaver — quaverer, n. quaveringly, adv. quavery, quaverous, adj. /kway veuhr/, v.i. 1. to shake tremulously; quiver or tremble: He stood there quavering with fear. 2. to sound, speak, or sing tremulously: Her voice quavered a moment and then she regained… …   Universalium

  • shake — vb 1 Shake, tremble, quake, totter, quiver, shiver, shudder, quaver, wobble, teeter, shimmy, dither are comparable when they mean to exhibit vibratory, wavering, or oscillating movement often as an evidence of instability. Shake, the ordinary and …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • quaver — /ˈkweɪvə / (say kwayvuh) verb (i) 1. to shake tremulously, quiver, or tremble (now said usually of the voice). 2. to sound, speak, or sing tremulously. 3. to perform quavers, shakes, or trills in singing or on a musical instrument. –verb (t) 4.… …   Australian-English dictionary

  • quaveringly — adverb in an unsteady quavering manner (Freq. 1) the man began quaveringly to question the soldier • Derived from adjective: ↑quavering * * * adverb : in a quavering manner * * * quāˈveringly adverb • • • …   Useful english dictionary

  • quaver — I UK [ˈkweɪvə(r)] / US [ˈkweɪvər] verb [intransitive] Word forms quaver : present tense I/you/we/they quaver he/she/it quavers present participle quavering past tense quavered past participle quavered if your voice quavers, it is not steady… …   English dictionary

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