Definitions for vibratovɪˈbrɑ toʊ, vaɪ-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

vi•bra•tovɪˈbrɑ toʊ, vaɪ-(n.)(pl.)-tos.

  1. a pulsating effect produced in vocal or instrumental music by rapid but slight alternations in pitch.

    Category: Music and Dance

Origin of vibrato:

1860–65; < It < L vibrātus (ptp.); see vibrate

Princeton's WordNet

  1. vibrato(noun)

    (music) a pulsating effect in an instrumental or vocal tone produced by slight and rapid variations in pitch


  1. vibrato(Noun)

    The musical effect or technique where the pitch or frequency of a note or sound is quickly and repeatedly raised and lowered over a small distance for the duration of that note or sound.

  2. Origin: Borrowed from vibrato, past participle of vibrare meaning "to vibrate" or "to quiver"


  1. Vibrato

    Vibrato is a musical effect consisting of a regular, pulsating change of pitch. It is used to add expression to vocal and instrumental music. Vibrato is typically characterised in terms of two factors: the amount of pitch variation and the speed with which the pitch is varied. In singing it occurs spontaneously through a nervous tremor in diaphragm or larynx. The vibrato of the string instrument and wind instrument is an imitation of that vocal function. In the organ, the vibrato is imitated by the interference of two notes nearby.


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