What does vibrate mean?

Definitions for vibrateˈvaɪ breɪt

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word vibrate.

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"


  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

  9. Origin: [L. vibratus, p. p. of vibrare, v. t. & v. i., to shake, brandish, vibrate; akin to Skr. vip to tremble, Icel. veifa to wave, vibrate. See Waive and cf. Whip, v. t.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Vibrate

    vī′brāt, v.i. to shake: to tremble: to move backwards and forwards: to swing: to pass from one state to another.—v.t. to cause to shake: to move to and fro: to measure by moving to and fro: to affect with vibratory motion.—adjs. Vī′brant, vibrating: sonorous; Vī′bratile, having a vibratory motion: (zool.) adapted to or used in vibratory motion.—ns. Vībratil′ity; Vībrā′tion, a vibrating: state of being vibrated: tremulousness, quivering motion.—adj. Vībrā′tional.—n. Vībrā′tiuncle, a small vibration.—adjs. Vī′brātive, Vī′brātory, vibrating: consisting in vibrations: causing vibrations.—ns. Vī′brātor (elect.), a vibrating reed used to open and close the electric current: (print.) a vibrating reed used for distributing the ink; Vi′broscope, an instrument for registering vibrations. [L. vibrāre, -ātum, to tremble.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of vibrate in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of vibrate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Edwin Hubbel Chapin:

    Every action of our lives touches on some chord that will vibrate in eternity.

  2. RVM:

    Some people emit negative fumes, while others vibrate POSITIVE ENERGY. Stay close to the Positive ones; otherwise you will be smoked to death.

  3. Simon Wheatcroft:

    The key improvement is to definitely take it to the city marathon. So the app for the desert used GPS as the navigation system. So now can we create a system which can identify the objects and then translate that information to me. That's what we're working on now, some kind of sensor detection system that uses haptic to vibrate different parts of my body.

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