quaver


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Quaver \Qua"ver\, v. t.
   To utter with quavers.
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         We shall hear her quavering them . . . to some
         sprightly airs of the opera.             --Addison.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Quaver \Qua"ver\, n.
   1. A shake, or rapid and tremulous vibration, of the voice,
      or of an instrument of music.
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   2. (Mus.) An eighth note. See Eighth.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Quaver \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.
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   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
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