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Quaver definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

QUA'VER, v.i.
1. To shake the voice; to utter or form sound with rapid vibrations, as in singing; to sing with tremulous modulations of voice.
2. To tremble; to vibrate.
The finger - moved with a quavering motion.
1. A shake or rapid vibration of the voice, or a shake on an instrument of music.
2. A note and measure of time in music, equal to half a crotchet or the eighth of a semibreve.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: a tremulous sound
2: a musical note having the time value of an eighth of a whole note [syn: eighth note, quaver] v
1: give off unsteady sounds, alternating in amplitude or frequency [syn: quaver, waver]
2: sing or play with trills, alternating with the half note above or below [syn: warble, trill, quaver]

Merriam Webster's

I. verb (quavered; quavering) Etymology: Middle English, frequentative of quaven to tremble Date: 15th century intransitive verb 1. tremble 2. trill 3. to utter sound in tremulous tones transitive verb to utter quaveringly quaveringly adverb quavery adjective II. noun Date: 1570 1. eighth note 2. trill 1 3. a tremulous sound

Oxford Reference Dictionary

v. & n. --v. 1 intr. a (esp. of a voice or musical sound) vibrate, shake, tremble. b use trills or shakes in singing. 2 tr. a sing (a note or song) with quavering. b (often foll. by out) say in a trembling voice. --n. 1 Mus. a note having the time value of an eighth of a semibreve or half a crotchet and represented by a large dot with a hooked stem. Also called eighth note. 2 a trill in singing. 3 a tremble in speech. Derivatives: quaveringly adv. Etymology: ME f. quave, perh. f. OE cwafian (unrecorded: cf. cwacian QUAKE)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

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. 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

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Quaver Qua"ver, v. t. To utter with quavers. We shall hear her quavering them . . . to some sprightly airs of the opera. --Addison.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Quaver Qua"ver, n. 1. A shake, or rapid and tremulous vibration, of the voice, or of an instrument of music. 2. (Mus.) An eighth note. See Eighth.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(quavers, quavering, quavered) 1. If someone's voice quavers, it sounds unsteady, usually because they are nervous or uncertain. Her voice quavered and she fell silent. = tremble VERB: V Quaver is also a noun. There was a quaver in Beryl's voice. N-COUNT 2. A quaver is a musical note that is half as long as a crotchet. (mainly BRIT; in AM, use eighth note) N-COUNT

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

I. v. n. Tremble, shake, quiver, vibrate. II. n. (Mus.) 1. Shake. 2. Eighth-note, eighth of a semibreve, quarter of a minim, half of a crotchet.

Moby Thesaurus

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