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Below you will find the definition of quaver, followed by 31 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(noun) - a tremulous sound
EXAMPLES - Quaver in a Sentence
- Everyone turned, shocked at the quaver in his voice. (source)
- A quaver in his voice made him sound both chastened and scared. (source)
- "We'll find it," Ted said, though there was a quaver in his voice. (source)
- She speaks with cheerful firmness but I can hear the quaver in her voice. (source)
- He dabbed his eyes, trying desperately to control the quaver in his voice. (source)
- Singer stayed with his quiet voice, but now it took on a perceptible quaver. (source)
- I recognized Hettie's voice, the musical Guyanese accent, the slight quaver of age. (source)
- There was no quaver in his voice, no question of whether this was a good thing or bad. (source)
- Peter, Paul and Mary use it to make a point: their voices quaver with outraged, pious indignation. (source)
- But a tender, minute quaver in the negation showed that there was something forced in that statement. (source)
- His lips start to quaver everytime i give him a stare. - shrugs - who asked him to start staring at me. (source)
- Politicians quaver as the backlash proves larger and angrier than what they thought they'd signed up for. (source)
- It does not matter, though, because even philosophers quaver in the face of death, Socrates notwithstanding. (source)
- The worth of such actions is not a thing to be decided in a quaver of sensibility or a flush of righteous commonsense. (source)
- The final name, which Miss Temple had put to her aunt with a quaver in her otherwise sure interrogation, met with a hapless shrug. (source)
- I reach for his hand, bird bones in mine; although radiation and chemo rendered him a wraith, his fingertips quaver from adrenalin. (source)
- For a blues singer, he was more of a crooner than a croaker, and his voice sometimes had a quaver that could sound haunted or seductive. (source)
- Hester wiped away two large tears on to a dear little handkerchief just large enough to receive them, and went on with a quaver in her voice. (source)
- Continuing to quaver in the aftershocks of L.A., the president conducted more photo ops and began desultory negotiations with Congress over an "urban agenda" package. (source)
- He pointed a finger at Thrace, a deliberate calm tightly wrapped around the steel anger in his voice, controlling the quaver that threatened to betray his real condition. (source)
- The English term for eighth-notes gets it right with "quaver", since these and other notes can do exactly that when played with alternating intensity, and even, suggests Quantz, duration. (source)
- Though Bruce Springsteen's gruff bark is an uncomfortable fit with Davies's camp quaver, they recast Better Things as a Byrdsy ramble that's an improvement on the original's clumping new wave. (source)
- So did the preternatural quality of his guitar playing, the bone-deep sadness of some of his music and lyrics, the haunting quaver of his smooth, high voice, and the dark symbolism of his songs. (source)
- Edgy and tightly wound, Masterson makes a good romantic contrast to his dewy reticence, and Quinn (with his Clift-like quaver) more than holds his own as the straight man in this carnival of quirk. (source)
- His signature seems almost to quaver, and not only does he fail to form the individual letters with the precision that is present in the formal gothic script, but the ink fades out towards the end of each line. (source)
- As Buckingham finger-picks a folk melody, and as the rest of the band members drift out of the way, Nicks begins to sing in a voice that's rougher and more ragged than the petite quaver of yore, but still wrenchingly vulnerable. (source)
- Kitty Wells's hits would never have had the impact and staying power they've had were it not for the simple expressiveness and intensity of her singing -- and that quaver in her voice that always seemed to show at just the right moment emotionally. (source)
- The Fed chairman, a Princeton academic with an occasional quaver in his voice, leaned toward the speakerphone on his office coffee table and spoke unusually bluntly to Mr. Paulson, a strong-willed former college football player and Wall Street executive. (source)
- Sometimes Fitz's voice seemed to quaver with righteous fury, other times he mocked himself, as in the time he went shuffling through his exhibit book and said to the jury something like, "This is where I pretend to look organized, shuffling through my papers, and you pretend to believe I actually know what I'm doing." (source)
- And as Walter was apprehensive that his voice might perhaps quaver a little, and that his countenance might not be quite as hopeful as he could wish it to be, if he told the old man himself, and saw the first effects of his communication on his wrinkled face, he resolved to avail himself of the services of that powerful mediator, (source)
- The monks ceased their song, which, like that of the choristers in the legend of the Witch of Berkley, died away in a quaver of consternation; and, like a flock of chickens disturbed by the presence of the kite, they at first made a movement to disperse and fly in different directions, and then, with despair, rather than hope, huddled themselves around their new (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 31 example sentences provided below is 61.0, which suggests that "quaver" is a standard word that is understood by individuals with a high school diploma or degree, and can be found in news articles, books, magazines and other places.
We have 15 synonyms for quaver.
falter, note, oscillate, quake, quiver, shake, shiver, shudder, tremble, tremor, trill, vacillate, vibrate, waver, wobble
We have 5 antonyms for quaver.
be still, calm, remain, stay, steady
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
View up to 25 definitions of quaver from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (verb-intransitive) To quiver, as from weakness; tremble.
- (verb-intransitive) To speak in a quivering voice; utter a quivering sound.
- (verb-intransitive) Music To produce a trill on an instrument or with the voice.
- (verb-transitive) To utter or sing in a trilling voice.
- (noun) A quivering sound.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (noun) a trembling shake.
- (noun) a trembling of the voice, as in speaking or singing.
- (noun) an eighth note, drawn as a crotchet (quarter note) with a tail.
- (verb) to shake in a trembling manner.
- (verb) to use the voice in a trembling manner, as in speaking or singing.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (verb-intransitive) To tremble; to vibrate; to shake.
- (verb-intransitive) 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.
- (verb-transitive) To utter with quavers.
- (noun) A shake, or rapid and tremulous vibration, of the voice, or of an instrument of music.
- (noun) An eighth note. See Eighth.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (None) To have a tremulous motion; tremble; vibrate.
- (None) To sing or sound with the wavy tones of an untrained voice, or with a distinctly tremulous tone; hence, to sing, in general; also, to perform a shake or similar melodic embellishment with the voice or an instrument.
- (None) To sing in an artless manner or with tremulous tone.
- (noun) A quivering; a trembling.
- (noun) A tremulous or quivering sound or tone.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (noun) a tremulous sound
- (verb) give off unsteady sounds, alternating in amplitude or frequency
- (verb) sing or play with trills, alternating with the half note above or below
- (noun) a musical note having the time value of an eighth of a whole note