Meaning of quaver

qua•ver

Pronunciation: (kwā'vur), [key]
— v.i.
  1. to shake tremulously; quiver or tremble: He stood there quavering with fear.
  2. to sound, speak, or sing tremulously: Her voice quavered a moment and then she regained control.
  3. to perform trills in singing or on a musical instrument.
—v.t.
  1. to utter, say, or sing with a quavering or tremulous voice.
—n.
  1. a quavering or tremulous shake, esp. in the voice.
  2. a quavering tone or utterance.
  3. an eighth note. See illus. under
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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