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Dictionary Definition

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


1 pronounce with a trill, of the phoneme `r'; "Some speakers trill their r's"
2 sing or play with trills, alternating with the half note above or below [syn: warble, quaver]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • /tɹɪl/
  • Rhymes with: -ɪl


  1. A rapid alternation between an indicated note and the one above it, usually indicated with the letters tr written above the staff.
  2. In the context of "phonetics": A type of consonantal sound that is produced by vibrations of the tongue against the place of articulation, for example, Spanish rr.


rapid alternation of notes
vibrating consonant

Extensive Definition

Trill is a type of vibration; it may refer to:
  • trill (music), a type of musical ornament
  • trill consonant, a type of sound used in some languages
  • Trill, a sound similar to the musical ornament made by animals including the Maine Coon cat and numerous varieties of bird
In fiction:
In music:
In internet:
  • Trill, Transparent Interconnection of Lots of Links Working Group within the IETF
In marketing:
trill in Japanese: トリル

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