What does vibrate mean?

Definitions for vibrate
ˈvaɪ breɪtvi·brate

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. vibrateverb

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

  2. oscillate, vibrateverb

    move or swing from side to side regularly

    "the needle on the meter was oscillating"

  3. hover, vibrate, vacillate, oscillateverb

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

    "He oscillates between accepting the new position and retirement"

  4. resonate, vibrateverb

    sound with resonance

    "The sound resonates well in this theater"

  5. thrill, tickle, vibrateverb

    feel sudden intense sensation or emotion

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


  1. vibratenoun

    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. vibrateverb

    Move with small movements rapidly to and fro.

  3. vibrateverb


    Her mind vibrates with excitement.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Vibrate

    of Vibrate

  2. Vibrateverb

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

  3. Vibrateverb

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

  4. Vibrateverb

    to affect with vibratory motion; to set in vibration

  5. Vibrateverb

    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. Vibrateverb

    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. Vibrateverb

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

  8. Vibrateverb

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

  9. Etymology: [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.]

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  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

Examples of vibrate in a Sentence

  1. Edwin Hubbel Chapin:

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

  2. Christie Brinkley:

    Whenever Billy would sit down to play – even when Alexa was a little baby – I would lay her down on the piano so that the music would literally vibrate throughout her entire body, alexa would feel the chords of the music and she loved it.

  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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    (law) the act of substituting of one creditor for another
    • A. calcaneus
    • B. subrogation
    • C. epiphora
    • D. chin-wag

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