Definitions for: Quaver


[n] a musical note having the time value of an eighth of a whole note
[n] a tremulous sound
[v] sing with trills
[v] give off unsteady sounds, alternating in amplitude or frequency



Webster (1913) Definition: 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


Qua"ver, v. t.
To utter with quavers.

We shall hear her quavering them . . . to some
sprightly airs of the opera. --Addison.


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.

Synonyms: eighth note, trill, warble, waver

See Also: musical note, note, sing, sound, sound, tone, vocalise, vocalize, voice

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