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

  • There were tears in the Crown Princess' eyes, and a quaver in her voice, as she accepted the gift.
  • Singer Karen Peris (who wrote the lovely original My Love Goes with You) has a transporting quaver that makes this bedtime disc positively sopor-riffic.
  • A new singer with a new twist: a double voice that alternates between a high, unpleasant quaver, reminiscent of Johnnie Ray at his fiercest, and a rich basso that might be .
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  • Hormones may usher abused girls into early adulthood
    During the sort of tense situation that makes palms sweat and voices quaver, children and young adults are typically awash in cortisol, a stress hormone that sounds an alarm and prepares the body for fight-or-flight responses to danger.
    July 19, 2013 - University of Wisconsin - Madison

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