Definitions for: Vibrate


[v] feel sudden intense sensation or emotion; "he was thrilled by the speed and the roar of the engine"
[v] move or swing from side to side regularly; "the needle on the meter was oscillating"
[v] shake, quiver, or throb; move back and forth rapidly, usually in an uncontrolled manner
[v] sound with resonance; "The sound resonates well in this theater"
[v] be undecided about something; waver between conflicting positions or courses of action; "He oscillates between accepting the new position and retirement"



Webster (1913) Definition: Vi"brate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Vibrate; p. pr. & vb.
n. Vibrating.] [L. vibratus, p. p. of vibrare, v. t. & v.
i., to snake, brandish, vibrate; akin to Skr. vip to tremble,
Icel. veifa to wave, vibrate. See Waive and cf. Whip, v.
t.]
1. To brandish; to move to and fro; to swing; as, to vibrate
a sword or a staff.

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

3. To affect with vibratory motion; to set in vibration.

Breath vocalized, that is, vibrated or undulated,
may . . . impress a swift, tremulous motion.
--Holder.

Star to star vibrates light. --Tennyson.


Vi"brate, v. i.
1. 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.

2. 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.

3. To produce an oscillating or quivering effect of sound;
as, a whisper vibrates on the ear. --Pope.

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

Synonyms: hover, oscillate, oscillate, resonate, thrill, tickle, vacillate

See Also: excite, go, hesitate, hunt, judder, librate, make vibrant sounds, move, purr, shake, shake, shake up, shillyshally, shimmy, sound, stimulate, stir, sway, swing, waffle, waver, wobble

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