• IPA: /tɹɪl/, [t̠ʰɹ̠̊ɪl]

trill (plural trills)

  1. (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.
  2. (phonetics) A type of consonantal sound that is produced by vibrations of the tongue against the place of articulation: for example, Spanish rr.
  3. A tremulous high-pitched vocal sound produced by cats.
Translations Translations
  • French: consonne roulée
  • German: Vibrant
  • Italian: consonante vibrante, trillo
  • Portuguese: vibrante
  • Russian: вибри́рующий согла́сный

trill (trills, present participle trilling; past and past participle trilled)

  1. (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.
  2. (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.
  3. (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.
  4. (intransitive, obsolete) To twirl.
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