- to move rhythmically and steadily to and fro, as a pendulum; oscillate.
- to move to and fro or up and down quickly and repeatedly; quiver; tremble.
- (of sounds) to produce or have a quivering or vibratory effect; resound.
- to thrill, as in emotional response.
- to move between alternatives or extremes; fluctuate; vacillate.
Origin of vibrate
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Examples from the Web for vibrate
My gloved fingertips, soaked with blood on his pulseless groin, started to vibrate.Real Life Lazarus: When Patients Rise From the Dead
August 21, 2014
Vibration promotes life and vigour, strength and beauty...Vibrate Your Body and Make It Well.'Hysteria' and the Long, Strange History of the Vibrator
April 27, 2012
A ceramic wall decoration split in half while I caught the television before it could vibrate all the way off of its stand.What I Saw in Chile
February 28, 2010
You brace, hoping that the owner of the cell has simply neglected to put it on vibrate and will now press IGNORE.The Nazi of the Quiet Car
December 5, 2008
Worst of all, his mouth was open, and his chest could be seen to vibrate as he panted.A Breath of Prairie and other stories
At last a word struck him, and made his whole soul to vibrate.A Son of Hagar
Sir Hall Caine
Its deep rumble made the whole night vibrate like a bass string.Lord Jim
These and your tongue and lips make the air in front of you vibrate.
If the vocal cords of your throat did not vibrate, you could not talk out loud.
- to move or cause to move back and forth rapidly; shake, quiver, or throb
- (intr) to oscillate
- to send out (a sound) by vibration; resonate or cause to resonate
- (intr) to waver
- physics to undergo or cause to undergo an oscillatory or periodic process, as of an alternating current; oscillate
- (intr) rare to respond emotionally; thrill
Word Origin and History for vibrate
1610s, from Latin vibratus, past participle of vibrare "move quickly to and fro, shake," from PIE *w(e)ib- "move quickly to and fro" (cf. Lithuanian wyburiu "to wag" (the tail), Danish vippe, Dutch wippen "to swing," Old English wipan "to wipe"). Related: Vibrated; vibrating.