noun, plural tremolos. Music.
a tremulous or vibrating effect produced on certain instruments and in the human voice, as to express emotion.
a mechanical device in an organ by which such an effect is produced.

1715–25; < Italian: trembling < Latin tremulus tremulous Unabridged
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tremolo (ˈtrɛməˌləʊ)
n , pl -los
1.  a.  (in playing the violin, cello, etc) the rapid repetition of a single note produced by a quick back-and-forth movement of the bow
 b.  Compare trill the rapid reiteration of two notes usually a third or greater interval apart (fingered tremolo)
2.  Compare vibrato (in singing) a fluctuation in pitch
3.  a vocal ornament of late renaissance music consisting of the increasingly rapid reiteration of a single note
4.  another word for tremulant
[C19: from Italian: quavering, from Medieval Latin tremulāre to tremble]

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Word Origin & History

1801, from It. tremolo, from L. tremulus "trembling" (see tremulous).
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Example sentences
He had a well-developed tremolo and a little repertoire of tunes.
Loons have four different calls: the tremolo, wail, yodel and hoot.
The tremolo of the loon is often heard at day's end.
The use of the tremolo call during mobbing by the common loon.
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