(ˌtrɛp ɪˈdeɪ ʃən)
1. tremulous fear, alarm, or agitation; perturbation.
2. a trembling or quivering movement.
[1595–1605; < Latin trepidātiō, derivative of to be trepidā(re) apprehensive, panic]
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a. A system in which finely divided particles, which are approximately 1 to 1,000 millimicrons in size, are dispersed within a continuous medium in a manner that prevents them from being filtered easily or settled rapidly.
b. The particulate matter so dispersed.
2. The gelatinous stored secretion of the thyroid gland, consisting mainly of thyroglobulin.
3. Gelatinous material resulting from degeneration in diseased tissue.
Of, relating to, containing, or having the nature of a colloid.
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intr.v. , vac·il·lat·ed , vac·il·lat·ing vac·il·lates
1. To be unable to choose between different courses of action or opinions; waver: She vacillated about whether to leave.
2. To change between one state and another; fluctuate: The weather vacillated between sunny and rainy.
3. To Archaic sway from one side to the other.
[Latin vacillāre , , vacillāt- to .] waver
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v. , crooned , croon·ing croons
1. To hum or sing softly.
2. To sing popular songs in a soft, sentimental manner.
3. To Scots roar or bellow.
sing softly or in a humming way: crooning a lullaby.
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1. A current, as of water or air, moving contrary to the direction of the main current, especially in a circular motion.
2. A drift or tendency that is counter to or separate from a main current, as of opinion, tradition, or history.
intr.v. , ed·died , ed·dy·ing ed·dies