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quaver

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishquaverqua‧ver1 /ˈkweɪvə $ -ər/ verb [intransitive, transitive] 🔊 🔊 SHAKEif your voice quavers, it shakes as you speak, especially because you are nervous or upset 🔊 ‘It’s not true, ’ she said, in a quavering voice. 🔊 ‘No, ’ he quavered.quavery adjective→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpus
quaverHer voice quavered as she recounted details of the attack.
Related topics: Music, Colours & sounds
quaverquaver2 noun [countable] 🔊 🔊 1 British EnglishAPM a musical note which continues for an eighth of the length of a semibreve syn eighth note American English2 CSHAKEa shaking sound in your voice
Examples from the Corpus
quaverThe rapid bowed quavers of the former become the rapid staccato semiquavers of the latter.The repeating shape of the accompaniment in quavers is designed to recur only at the first beat of the seventh bar.Finally, the third rhythm forms a contrastingly smooth arpeggio which sweeps upwards in pairs of quavers.His voice carried a barely perceptible quaver.The quaver would be far too quick for the pizzicato, especially in chord work like this.The smile appears forced, unsteady, seems to quaver, though it is frozen in silver nitrate.
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Verb table
quaver
Simple Form
Present
I, you, we, theyquaver
he, she, itquavers
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Past
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyquavered
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave quavered
he, she, ithas quavered
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad quavered
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill quaver
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have quavered
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Continuous Form
Present
Iam quavering
he, she, itis quavering
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you, we, theyare quavering
Past
I, he, she, itwas quavering
you, we, theywere quavering
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave been quavering
he, she, ithas been quavering
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad been quavering
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill be quavering
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have been quavering
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