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Princeton's WordNet

  1. trill, shakenoun

    a note that alternates rapidly with another note a semitone above it

  2. trillverb

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

    "he pronounced his R's with a distinct trill"

  3. trillverb

    pronounce with a trill, of the phoneme `r'

    "Some speakers trill their r's"

  4. warble, trill, quaververb

    sing or play with trills, alternating with the half note above or below


  1. trillnoun

    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. trillnoun

    A type of consonantal sound that is produced by vibrations of the tongue against the place of articulation, for example, Spanish rr.

  3. trillverb

    To create a trill sound.

  4. trillverb

    To trickle.

  5. Etymology: From trillen. Compare Norwegian trille, Swedish trilla.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Trillnoun

    Quaver; tremulousness of musick.

    Etymology: trillo, Italian.

    Long has a race of heroes fill’d the stage,
    That rant by note, and through the gamut rage,
    In songs and airs express their martial fire
    Combat in trills, and in a fugue expire. Addison.

  2. To Trillverb

    To utter quavering.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    Through the soft silence of the listening night
    The sober-suited songstress trills her lay. James Thomson.

  3. To Trillverb

    Did your letters pierce the queen to any demonstration of grief?
    I, she took ’em; read ’em in my presence;
    And now and then an ample tear trill’d down
    Her delicate cheek. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    Am I call’d upon the grave debate,
    To judge of trilling notes and tripping feet. Dryden.


  1. trill

    TRILL (Transparent Interconnection of Lots of Links) is an Internet Standard implemented by devices called TRILL switches. TRILL combines techniques from bridging and routing, and is the application of link-state routing to the VLAN-aware customer-bridging problem. Routing bridges (RBridges) are compatible with and can incrementally replace previous IEEE 802.1 customer bridges. TRILL Switches are also compatible with IPv4 and IPv6, routers and end systems. They are invisible to current IP routers, and like conventional routers, RBridges terminate the broadcast, unknown-unicast and multicast traffic of DIX Ethernet and the frames of IEEE 802.2 LLC including the bridge protocol data units of the Spanning Tree Protocol. TRILL is the successor to Spanning Tree Protocol, both having been created by the same person, Radia Perlman. The catalyst for TRILL was an event at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center which began on 13 November 2002. The concept of Rbridges [sic] was first proposed to the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers in 2004, who in 2005 rejected what came to be known as TRILL, and in 2006 through 2012 devised an incompatible variation known as Shortest Path Bridging.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Trillverb

    to flow in a small stream, or in drops rapidly succeeding each other; to trickle

  2. Trillverb

    to turn round; to twirl

  3. Trillverb

    to impart the quality of a trill to; to utter as, or with, a trill; as, to trill the r; to trill a note

  4. Trillverb

    to utter trills or a trill; to play or sing in tremulous vibrations of sound; to have a trembling sound; to quaver

  5. Trillnoun

    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

  6. Trillnoun

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

  7. Trillnoun

    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


  1. Trill

    The Trill are a fictional species of symbiotic life forms, depicted in the Star Trek media franchise. First introduced in an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, the species became a major part of the spin-off series, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, which featured a Trill named Dax as one of its main characters. Trill are depicted as comprising a humanoid host, and a worm-shaped symbiote that is implanted in the host's abdomen. Their personalities are a combination of the host and symbiote, with the symbiote's memories providing continuity between hosts. Their home world, also named Trill, is a planet in the Alpha Quadrant, the primary setting of most of the Star Trek series.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Trill

    tril, v.t. and v.i. to shake: to utter with a tremulous vibration, to quaver: to pronounce with a quick vibration of the tongue.—n. a quaver or tremulous vibration, warbling. [It. trillare, to shake; imit.]

  2. Trill

    tril, v.i. to trickle: (obs.) to twirl. [Scand., Sw. trilla, to roll.]

Rap Dictionary

  1. trilladjective

    A word to describe someone who has little patience, and flat out doesn't give a fu**. It describes someone who is willing and able to fight/buck somebody at a moment's notice.

  2. trilladjective

    Trill - Southern term for gangsta. "Cause them trill niggaz comin', riding, cocking, and bucking" -- Bun-B feat. Ludacris (Trill Recognize Trill) "I got my steel / I feel / pullin up in your grill I'm so trill..." -- Clipse (Trill)

  3. trilladjective

    True and Real = Trill. Made famous by UGK.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of trill in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of trill in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

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    applied to a fish depicted horizontally
    • A. jejune
    • B. usurious
    • C. naiant
    • D. bibulous

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