- to oscillate or move from side to side or between two points.
- to remain poised or balanced.
Origin of librate
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Related Words for libratevacillate, wobble, lurch, seesaw, waver, teeter, fluctuate, toss, flicker, vary, pitch, ripple, pivot, whirl, wag, dangle, undulate, stagger, vibrate, waggle
Examples from the Web for librate
Historical Examples of librate
In this epicycle he was not supposed to revolve, but to librate, or move up and down in its diameter.The Life of Galileo Galilei, with Illustrations of the Advancement of Experimental Philosophy
John Elliot Drinkwater Bethune
- to oscillate or waver
- to hover or be balanced
Word Origin for librate
C17: back formation from libration
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