from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A palpable vibration, as felt by the hand placed on the chest during coughing or speaking.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A vibration which is perceptible on palpation or auscultation.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Palpable vibration or thrill.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In medicine, palpable vibration, as of the walls of the chest.


Latin, a murmuring, from past participle of fremere, to murmur.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin fremitus. (Wiktionary)



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  • From "C. Musonius Rufus" by Guy Davenport

    January 19, 2010

  • sensation felt by a hand placed on the body, feeling the vibration caused by speech

    October 8, 2008

  • an angry murmur

    April 4, 2008