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.


  1. vibrate

    Vibration is a mechanical phenomenon whereby oscillations occur about an equilibrium point. The word comes from Latin vibrationem ("shaking, brandishing"). The oscillations may be periodic, such as the motion of a pendulum—or random, such as the movement of a tire on a gravel road. Vibration can be desirable: for example, the motion of a tuning fork, the reed in a woodwind instrument or harmonica, a mobile phone, or the cone of a loudspeaker. In many cases, however, vibration is undesirable, wasting energy and creating unwanted sound. For example, the vibrational motions of engines, electric motors, or any mechanical device in operation are typically unwanted. Such vibrations could be caused by imbalances in the rotating parts, uneven friction, or the meshing of gear teeth. Careful designs usually minimize unwanted vibrations. The studies of sound and vibration are closely related. Sound, or pressure waves, are generated by vibrating structures (e.g. vocal cords); these pressure waves can also induce the vibration of structures (e.g. ear drum). Hence, attempts to reduce noise are often related to issues of vibration. Machining vibrations are common in the process of subtractive manufacturing.


  1. vibrate

    To vibrate is to move or cause to move back and forth rapidly and continuously, often in a slight and quick motion. This action can occur in various contexts, such as in mechanical systems, sound frequencies, or even at the atomic or molecular level.

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. 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.

  2. Edwin Hubbel Chapin:

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

  3. 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.

  4. Ben Wikler:

    Gov. Evers isn’t flashy, and he knows what people want isn’t ultimately flash. They want their highways repaired and their schools to teach their kids and their phones not to vibrate at 5 in the morning with something that’s going to stop them from going back to sleep, president Biden has the same thing going for him: decency and a sense of steady leadership rather than chaos and any kind of ideology that might be proceeded by the word ‘ultra.’.

  5. Chief Pete Arredondo:

    Call me when SWAT is set up. I ’m going to have you on vibrate though, so call me twice if you have to.

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