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vɪˈbrɑ toʊ, vaɪ-vi·bra·to

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. vibratonoun

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


  1. vibratonoun

    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. Etymology: 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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Vibrato

    vē-brä′tō, n. a pulsating effect in vocal music, caused by rapid variation of emphasis on the same tone. [It.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of vibrato in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of vibrato in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

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