1. A shaking or vibrating movement, as of the earth.
2. An involuntary trembling or quivering, as of the hands.
3. A state or feeling of nervousness, worry, or excitement: The news sent tremors through the stock market.
4. A tremulous sound; a quaver: a tremor in her voice.
[Middle English, terror, from Old French, from Latin, a trembling, from tremere, to tremble.]
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