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Quaver   /kwˈeɪvər/   Listen

A tremulous sound.
A musical note having the time value of an eighth of a whole note.  Synonym: eighth note.

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"Quaver" Quotes from Famous Books

... fright, looked on with affrighted eyes, but presently found voice to quaver out, "Please don't ...
— A Dear Little Girl's Thanksgiving Holidays • Amy E. Blanchard

... then, what is't that ails thee now? It seems to me I sing as well as thou; For mine's a song that is both true and plain,— Although I cannot quaver so in vain As thou dost in thy throat, I wot not ...
— The Poetical Works of William Wordsworth, Vol. II. • William Wordsworth

... attempt to describe the service in detail. There was a discouraging droop and quaver in the singing, and the mournful-looking deacon who passed the collection-plate seemed inured to disappointment. The prayer had in it a note of despairing appeal which fell like a cold hand upon one's living soul. It gave one the impression ...
— The Friendly Road - New Adventures in Contentment • (AKA David Grayson) Ray Stannard Baker

... way, is the old formula to which my uncle has always been faithful. I heard Madeleine answer, with a quaver in her voice: ...
— Serge Panine • Georges Ohnet

... which had brought that situation about. And I must say that Levy looked no less alive to his own enormity; he quailed in his bonds with a guilty fearfulness strange to witness in so truculent a brute; and it was with something near a quaver that his voice ...
— Mr. Justice Raffles • E. W. Hornung

... Throndhjem," answered Fitz. "We were going to Throndhjem," rejoins Wilson, "but we ain't now—the vessel's course was altered two hours ago. Oh, Sir! we are going to Whirlpool-to WHIRL-RL-POOO-L! Sir!" in a quaver of consternation,—and so glides back to bed like a phantom, leaving the Doctor utterly unable to divine ...
— Letters From High Latitudes • The Marquess of Dufferin (Lord Dufferin)

... proceeded to secrete them in the fallen leaves. Squatted upon the ground, he was too busily engaged to note the sound of approaching footsteps, and started violently when a rough voice accosted him. He mustered courage, however, to quaver:— ...
— Plantation Sketches • Margaret Devereux

... an anxious little quaver in her voice as she dismounted and, going in front of Texas, took his head between her hands. There was no longer any doubt that the horse was sick, and very sick. His eyes closed sleepily, and his head dropped low. Then he suddenly began to sway ...
— Southern Stories - Retold from St. Nicholas • Various

... nature. Everybody liked her. Many were astonished because she could be so calm after all that she had passed through, but the mother was very strong and patient. When any one spoke to her of her two sturdy children, she only said: "I shall soon lose them also," without a quaver in her voice or a tear in her eye. She had accustomed herself to expect ...
— The Wonderful Adventures of Nils • Selma Lagerlof

Words linked to "Quaver" :   vocalise, sing, voice, sound, vocalize, note, tone, musical note, eighth note, waver, warble, trill

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