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vibrant

[vahy-bruh nt]
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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
  1. Phonetics. a vibrant sound.

Origin of vibrant

1540–50; < Latin vibrant- (stem of vibrāns), present participle of vibrāre to shake, move to and fro; see -ant
Related formsvi·bran·cy, vi·brance, nounvi·brant·ly, adverbun·vi·brant, adjectiveun·vi·brant·ly, adverb
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  • Her voice is a rich, powerful soprano, vibrantly sweet when at its softest—like a rushing torrent of passion in intense moments.

    Vocal Mastery

    Harriette Brower

  • Vibrantly and with the proper gesture in the proper place, Miss Cherry repeated her speech.

    Local Color

    Irvin S. Cobb

  • It promptly spread its wings and flew away, apparently as vibrantly alive as before the mysterious paralysis had stricken it.

  • Yet today Paris was vibrantly alive along her boulevards where, despite the shadow, bright currents flowed and sparkled.

    The Tempering

    Charles Neville Buck


British Dictionary definitions for vibrantly

vibrant

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
  1. a vibrant speech sound, such as a trilled (r)
Derived Formsvibrancy, nounvibrantly, adverb

Word Origin

C16: from Latin vibrāre to agitate
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Word Origin and History for vibrantly

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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