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to worry someone or make someone nervous:
The creaking upstairs was starting to rattle me.
Aftershock in China Topples Many Buildings
The tremor in Qingchuan County, which the United States Geological Survey measured as having a magnitude of 6.0, hit at 4:21 p.m. By evening, the state news agency, Xinhua, had reported one death and 260 injuries. A government spokesman in Qingchuan said emergency medical teams were responding to calls for help from six townships, Xinhua reported, and the number of casualties was not yet known.
An official in Guangyuan County, east of Qingchuan, told Xinhua that the aftershock had caused many homes to collapse. The tremor struck in a rough and remote area of northern Sichuan, on the border of Gansu Province, and it damaged roads, toppled old buildings and caused several fires in one town, Xinhua reported.
The use of atypical antipsychotic drugs in nursing homes continues despite scientific papers that question the benefits of using them on dementia sufferers in light of the risks. Earlier this year, the federal Agency for Health Care Research and Quality reviewed existing research and noted the drugs can trigger strokes, induce body tremors, fuel weight gain and affect an elderly person's gait, increasing their chances of falling.
The quake destroyed 80 percent of structures in some of the towns and small cities near its epicenter, Chinese officials said. Its tremors were felt as far away as Vietnam and set off another, smaller quake in the outskirts of Beijing, 900 miles away.
1 a slight shaking movement in a person's body, especially because of nervousness or excitement:
The disease mostly affects people over 50, causing paralysis and uncontrollable tremors.
There was a slight tremor in her voice.
FIGURATIVE A tremor of excitement went through the audience as he came on stage.
2 a slight earthquake:
The tremor was centered just south of San Francisco and was felt as far as 200 miles away.
But not just any spoons: This high-tech cutlery is aimed at people with essential tremors and Parkinson’s disease and, according to the company, can reduce shaking of the spoon bowl by an average of 76%.
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Essential tremor - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Essential tremor (ET, also referred to as benign tremor or familial tremor or shaky hand syndrome) is the most common movement disorder; its cause is unknown ...
If a person's voice or a part of their body is tremulous, it is shaking slightly:
He watched her tremulous hand reach for the teacup.
In a tremulous voice she whispered: " Who are you people?"
the outskirts Plural noun
the areas that form the edge of a town or city:
The factory is in/on the outskirts of New Delhi.
- The point of the earth's surface directly above the focus of an earthquake.━━ n. 【地学】震央.
- A focal point: stood at the epicenter of the international crisis.
a sudden movement of the Earth's surface which often follows an earthquake and which is less violent than the first main movement:
The initial earthquake was followed by a series of aftershocks.
1 [I or T] to (cause to) lose balance and fall down:
The statue of the dictator was toppled (over) by the crowds.
The tree toppled and fell.
2 [T] to force a leader or government out of power:
The church was prominently involved in the struggle that toppled the dictatorship.