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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ A mockingbird trilled from atop a telephone pole.
▪ At five o'clock the phone set on the tailgate of the Range Rover trilled.
▪ In the brush warblers and finches are trilling again; raspberries glisten; the gulls are laughing.
▪ Johnson was reading a local newspaper he had bought at the Frankenwald service station when his phone trilled discreetly.
▪ The bird had stopped tick-ticking and was trilling away cheerfully.
▪ The phone on Sam McCready's desk trilled at midday.
▪ The telephones in Sly's office complex did not trill, they rang.
▪ Two hours later I was woken by men whistling, clicking, trilling and hooting their music to the flocks.
▪ A trill of song from somewhere outside the trench.
▪ From behind the curtain the tuning-up sounds, trumpet runs, and flute trills, were becoming more clamorous.
▪ From within, I catch the trill of a Pogues song.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Trill \Trill\, v. t. [OE. trillen; cf. Sw. trilla to roll.] To turn round; to twirl. [Obs.]

Bid him descend and trill another pin.


Trill \Trill\, v. i. [OE. trillen to roll, turn round; of Scand. origin; cf. Sw. trilla to roll, Dan. trilde, Icel. To flow in a small stream, or in drops rapidly succeeding each other; to trickle.
--Sir W. Scott.

And now and then an ample tear trilled down Her delicate cheek.

Whispered sounds Of waters, trilling from the riven stone.


Trill \Trill\, n. [It. trillo, fr. trillare. See Trill to shake.]

  1. A sound, of consonantal character, made with a rapid succession of partial or entire intermissions, by the vibration of some one part of the organs in the mouth -- tongue, uvula, epiglottis, or lip -- against another part; as, the r is a trill in most languages.

  2. The action of the organs in producing such sounds; as, to give a trill to the tongue. d

  3. (Mus.) A shake or quaver of the voice in singing, or of the sound of an instrument, produced by the rapid alternation of two contiguous tones of the scale; as, to give a trill on the high C. See Shake.


Trill \Trill\, v. i. 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.


Trill \Trill\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Trilled; p. pr. & vb. n. Trilling.] [It. trillare; probably of imitative origin.] To impart the quality of a trill to; to utter as, or with, a trill; as, to trill the r; to trill a note.

The sober-suited songstress trills her lay.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1640s, from Italian trillio, triglio "a quavering or warbling in singing," probably ultimately of imitative origin. The verb is 1660s, from Italian trillare "to quaver, trill." Related: Trilled; trilling.


n. 1 (context music English) 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 (context phonetics English) A type of consonantal sound that is produced by vibrations of the tongue against the place of articulation, for example, Spanish ''rr''. vb. 1 (context intransitive English) 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. 2 (context transitive English) To impart the quality of a trill to; to utter as, or with, a trill. 3 (context intransitive obsolete English) To trickle.

  1. n. a note that alternates rapidly with another note a semitone above it [syn: shake]

  2. v. pronounce with a trill, of the phoneme `r'; "Some speakers trill their r's"

  3. sing or play with trills, alternating with the half note above or below [syn: warble, quaver]

Trill (music)

The trill (or shake, as it was known from the 16th until the 19th century) is a musical ornament consisting of a rapid alternation between two adjacent notes, usually a semitone or tone apart, which can be identified with the context of the trill. (compare mordent and tremolo). It is sometimes referred to by the German triller, the Italian trillo, the French trille or the Spanish trino. A cadential trill is a trill associated with a cadence.

A trill provides rhythmic interest, melodic interest, and—through dissonance— harmonic interest. Sometimes it is expected that the trill will end with a turn (by sounding the note below rather than the note above the principal note, immediately before the last sounding of the principal note), or some other variation. Such variations are often marked with a few appoggiaturas following the note that bears the trill indication.


Trill may refer to:

  • Trill (music), a type of musical ornament
  • Trill consonant, a type of sound used in some languages
Trill (album)

Trill is the debut studio album by American hip hop recording artist and member of the southern hip hop duo UGK Bun B. It was released on October 18, 2005, by Rap-a-Lot Records, Asylum Records and Atlantic Records. The album debuted at number 6 on the Billboard 200, with first-week sales of 118,000 copies in the United States. Trill was supported by three singles: " Draped Up" featuring Lil' Keke, " Git It" featuring Ying Yang Twins, and " Get Throwed" featuring Pimp C, Young Jeezy, Z-Ro and Jay-Z.

TRILL (computing)

TRILL ("Transparent Interconnection of Lots of Links") is an IETF Standard implemented by devices called RBridges ( routing bridges) or TRILL Switches. TRILL combines techniques from bridging and routing and is the application of link state routing to the VLAN-aware customer-bridging problem. RBridges are compatible with and can incrementally replace previous IEEE 802.1 customer bridges. They are also compatible with IPv4 and IPv6 routers and end nodes. They are invisible to current IP routers and, like routers, RBridges terminate the bridge spanning tree protocol.

Usage examples of "trill".

Tuckwell, I felt remorse scatter in instrumental brilliance, bravura trills, shakes, flourishes, demisemiquavers.

As Uhura and Maslin moved past several of them chirped and trilled while bobbing their heads up and down.

Awakening at dawn when the first pale light was flowing in through the open window, I was enchanted to hear the trill of a bird-song, tremulous and ethereally sweet, the love-call of some unknown melodist to its mate.

And then there was no summit, no Nertha, and no Whistler, save for his frantic trilling call pervading everything.

He uttered trills and roulades, and then loud, vibrating notes that filled the air and seemed to lose themselves on the horizon, across the level country, through that burning silence which weighed upon the whole landscape.

When the wind was right, she could hear large amphibians roaring on the banks of rivers, and the little tetrapods peeped or trilled in their courting seasons, but most of the noise here came from wind, water, and foliage.

Quick trills of Trinary, unslowed for human ears except for that one brief command, and the whining of their harnesses.

There was briefly audible the small trilling sound, exotic and ventriloquial in quality, which was the thing he did in moments of mental surprise.

A chorus of crickets kicked off all around them, a trilling cacophony rising in an asynchronous wall of sound.

Trill symbiont, immersed in brine that held a frozen glitter of bioelectric activity.

The probe had detected a unique bioelectric signature emanating from inside the comet, one that Starfleet scientists found comparable to that of a tiny percentage of Trills.

It was enough to show Dax what Bashir had already seen-the unmistakable gray-white mass of a naked Trill symbiont, immersed in brine that held a frozen glitter of bioelectric activity.

At first, I had thought it a distant birdcall from the garden, but now I realized that the soft trilling matched the cadence of breath.

The chatty trills of newly returned wagtails and chiffchaffs came through the open windows of the imperial residence along with the sunbeams and the sweet scent of the cherry blossoms now in riotous pink bloom all around the building.

I had the impression he was translating the words from another tongue, a language of giggles and turkey gobbles and coos and purrs and whimpers and trills.