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English noun: trill

1. trill (communication) a note that alternates rapidly with another note a semitone above it


Broader (hypernym)musical note, note, tone

2. trill (communication) the articulation of a consonant (especially the consonant `r') with a rapid flutter of the tongue against the palate or uvula

SamplesHe pronounced his R's with a distinct trill.

Broader (hypernym)articulation

English verb: trill

1. trill (communication) pronounce with a trill, of the phoneme `r'

SamplesSome speakers trill their r's.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)articulate, enounce, enunciate, pronounce, say, sound out

2. trill (communication) sing or play with trills, alternating with the half note above or below

ExamplesThe birds trill in the woods , The woods trill with many kinds of birds

Synonymsquaver, warble

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)sing

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