- IPA: /tɹɪl/, [t̠ʰɹ̠̊ɪl]
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.
- A tremulous high-pitched vocal sound produced by cats.
- French: trille
- German: Triller
- Italian: trillo
- Portuguese: trilo, trino, trinado
- Russian: трель
- Spanish: trino
- French: consonne roulée
- German: Vibrant
- Italian: consonante vibrante, trillo
- Portuguese: vibrante
- Russian: вибри́рующий согла́сный
trill (trills, present participle trilling; past and past participle trilled)
- (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, Michel de Montaigne, chapter 30, in John Florio, transl., The Essayes, […], book II, printed at London: By Val[entine] Simmes for Edward Blount […], OCLC 946730821 ↗:
- 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.
- c. 1603–1606, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of King Lear”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act IV, scene iii]:
- And now and then an ample tear trilled down / Her delicate cheek.
- Whispered sounds / Of waters, trilling from the riven stone.
- (intransitive, obsolete) To twirl.
- French: triller