- moving to and fro rapidly; vibrating.
- vibrating so as to produce sound, as a string.
- (of sounds) characterized by perceptible vibration; resonant; resounding.
- pulsating with vigor and energy: the vibrant life of a large city.
- vigorous; energetic; vital: a vibrant personality.
- exciting; stimulating; lively: vibrant colors; a vibrant performance.
- Phonetics. made with tonal vibration of the vocal cords; voiced.
- 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
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Examples from the Web for vibrance
- characterized by or exhibiting vibration; pulsating or trembling
- giving an impression of vigour and activity
- caused by vibration; resonant
- (of colour) strong and vivid
- phonetics trilled or rolled
- a vibrant speech sound, such as a trilled (r)
C16: from Latin vibrāre to agitate
Word Origin and History for vibrance
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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper