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vibrant

[vahy-bruh nt] /ˈvaɪ brənt/
adjective
1.
moving to and fro rapidly; vibrating.
2.
vibrating so as to produce sound, as a string.
3.
(of sounds) characterized by perceptible vibration; resonant; resounding.
4.
pulsating with vigor and energy:
the vibrant life of a large city.
5.
vigorous; energetic; vital:
a vibrant personality.
6.
exciting; stimulating; lively:
vibrant colors; a vibrant performance.
7.
Phonetics. made with tonal vibration of the vocal cords; voiced.
noun
8.
Phonetics. a vibrant sound.
Origin of vibrant
1540-1550
1540-50; < Latin vibrant- (stem of vibrāns), present participle of vibrāre to shake, move to and fro; see -ant
Related forms
vibrancy, vibrance, noun
vibrantly, adverb
unvibrant, adjective
unvibrantly, adverb
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  • There followed a period of silence, in which great emotions were vibrant from heart to heart.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • Now the air was vibrant with the voice of the multitude itself, raised in anger.

    Scaramouche Rafael Sabatini
  • His voice was vibrant with a deep earnestness that made him as solemn as a priest.

  • It was the spontaneous laugh of youth, vibrant, compelling, mirth-inspiring.

    The Coyote James Roberts
  • She was so young, so vibrant with 306 life, so quick with her smiles and laughter––this other.

    The Wall Street Girl Frederick Orin Bartlett
British Dictionary definitions for vibrant

vibrant

/ˈvaɪbrənt/
adjective
1.
characterized by or exhibiting vibration; pulsating or trembling
2.
giving an impression of vigour and activity
3.
caused by vibration; resonant
4.
(of colour) strong and vivid
5.
(phonetics) trilled or rolled
noun
6.
a vibrant speech sound, such as a trilled (r)
Derived Forms
vibrancy, noun
vibrantly, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Latin vibrāre to agitate
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Word Origin and History for vibrant
adj.

1550s, "agitated," from Latin vibrantem (nominative vibrans) "swaying," present participle of vibrare "move to and fro" (see vibrate). Meaning "vigorous, full of life" is first recorded 1860. Related: Vibrantly.

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