Definition of Quaver

1. Noun. A tremulous sound.

Generic synonyms: Sound



2. Verb. Give off unsteady sounds, alternating in amplitude or frequency.
Exact synonyms: Waver
Generic synonyms: Sound, Vocalise, Vocalize, Voice

3. Noun. A musical note having the time value of an eighth of a whole note.
Exact synonyms: Eighth Note
Generic synonyms: Musical Note, Note, Tone

4. Verb. Sing or play with trills, alternating with the half note above or below. "They will quaver the duet"
Exact synonyms: Trill, Warble
Generic synonyms: Sing
Derivative terms: Trill, Warbler

Definition of Quaver

1. v. i. To tremble; to vibrate; to shake.

2. v. t. To utter with quavers.

3. n. A shake, or rapid and tremulous vibration, of the voice, or of an instrument of music.

Definition of Quaver

1. Noun. a trembling shake. ¹

2. Noun. a trembling of the voice, as in speaking or singing. ¹

3. Noun. (music) an eighth note, drawn as a crotchet (quarter note) with a tail. ¹

4. Verb. to shake in a trembling manner. ¹

5. Verb. to use the voice in a trembling manner, as in speaking or singing. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Quaver

1. to quiver [v -ED, -ING, -S] - See also: quiver

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Quaver

quatres
quatrumvirate
quatrumvirates
quats
quatted
quattrocento
quattrocentos
quattuordecillion
quatuorvirate
quatuorvirates
quave
quaved
quavemire
quavemires
quaver (current term)
quavered
quaverer
quaverers
quaverier
quavering
quaveringly
quavers
quavery
quay
quayage
quayages
quayd
quayed
quaying

Literary usage of Quaver

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1. Grove's Dictionary of Music and Musicians by George Grove (1908)
"The white forms of these notes soon fell into disuse, and the black ones have become the crotchet and quaver of modern music.2 1 ТЬ-те ..."

2. An Etymological Dictionary of the Scottish Language ...: To which is by John Jamieson (1880)
"... to warble or. quaver, in tinging, or playing on an instrument ... a semi-quaver, warbling, quavering, ..."

3. Among the Isles of Shoals by Celia Thaxter (1873)
"... would strike up a dolorous quaver of— " Over the water and over tho led And over the water to Charlie," in a voice as querulous as a Scotch bagpipe. ..."

4. The Gentleman's Magazine (1821)
"... a most beautiful variation of dactyls and spondees; and by a proper pronunciation the exact time of 24 breves, or quaver), is correctly preserved. ..."

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