Definitions for vibrateˈvaɪ breɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

vi•brateˈvaɪ breɪt(v.)-brat•ed, -brat•ing.

  1. (v.i.)to move to and fro, as a pendulum; oscillate.

    Category: Physics

  2. to move to and fro or up and down quickly and repeatedly; quiver; tremble.

  3. (of sounds) to produce or have a quivering or vibratory effect; resound.

    Category: Physics

  4. to thrill, as in emotional response.

  5. to move between alternatives; vacillate.

  6. (v.t.)to cause to move to and fro, swing, or oscillate.

  7. to cause to quiver or tremble.

  8. to give forth or emit by or as if by vibration.

Origin of vibrate:

1610–20; < L vibrātus, ptp. of vibrāre to move to and fro

Princeton's WordNet

  1. vibrate(verb)

    shake, quiver, or throb; move back and forth rapidly, usually in an uncontrolled manner

  2. oscillate, vibrate(verb)

    move or swing from side to side regularly

    "the needle on the meter was oscillating"

  3. hover, vibrate, vacillate, oscillate(verb)

    be undecided about something; waver between conflicting positions or courses of action

    "He oscillates between accepting the new position and retirement"

  4. resonate, vibrate(verb)

    sound with resonance

    "The sound resonates well in this theater"

  5. thrill, tickle, vibrate(verb)

    feel sudden intense sensation or emotion

    "he was thrilled by the speed and the roar of the engine"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. vibrate(verb)ˈvaɪ breɪt

    to shake with very quick movements

    The house vibrates when a train passes.; vibrations caused by the earthquake; the vibration of sound waves


  1. vibrate(Noun)

    The setting, on a portable electronic device, that causes it to vibrate rather than sound any (or most) needed alarms.

    Please put your cellphones on vibrate for the duration of the meeting.

  2. vibrate(Verb)

    Move with small movements rapidly to and fro.

  3. vibrate(Verb)


    Her mind vibrates with excitement.

  4. Origin: From vibratus, perfect passive participle of vibro.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Vibrate

    of Vibrate

  2. Vibrate(verb)

    to brandish; to move to and fro; to swing; as, to vibrate a sword or a staff

  3. Vibrate(verb)

    to mark or measure by moving to and fro; as, a pendulum vibrating seconds

  4. Vibrate(verb)

    to affect with vibratory motion; to set in vibration

  5. Vibrate(verb)

    to move to and fro, or from side to side, as a pendulum, an elastic rod, or a stretched string, when disturbed from its position of rest; to swing; to oscillate

  6. Vibrate(verb)

    to have the constituent particles move to and fro, with alternate compression and dilation of parts, as the air, or any elastic body; to quiver

  7. Vibrate(verb)

    to produce an oscillating or quivering effect of sound; as, a whisper vibrates on the ear

  8. Vibrate(verb)

    to pass from one state to another; to waver; to fluctuate; as, a man vibrates between two opinions


  1. Vibrate

    Vibrate is an album released by The Manhattan Transfer on September 28, 2004 on the Telarc label. The album is available in three formats: Super Audio CD, CD and MP3 Download.

Anagrams of vibrate

  1. vrbaite

Translations for vibrate

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to (cause to) shake, tremble, or move rapidly back and forth

Every sound that we hear is making part of our ear vibrate; The engine has stopped vibrating.

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