- Vibrate is defined as to move back and forth, or to tremble or shake.
An example of vibrate is for strings on a violin to bounce back and forth and give off a sound.
vibrate definition by Webster's New World
- to give off (light or sound) by vibration
- to set in to-and-fro motion; oscillate
- to cause to quiver
Origin: ; from Classical Latin vibratus, past participle of vibrare, to vibrate, shake ; from Indo-European an unverified form weib- (; from base an unverified form wei-, to turn) from source wipe
- to swing back and forth; oscillate, as a pendulum
- to move rapidly back and forth; quiver, as a plucked string
- to resound: said of sounds
- to be emotionally stirred; thrill
- to waver or vacillate, as between two choices
vibrate definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb vi·brat·ed, vi·brat·ing, vi·brates verb, intransitive
- To move back and forth or to and fro, especially rhythmically and rapidly. See Synonyms at swing.
- To feel a quiver of emotion.
- To shake or move with or as if with a slight quivering or trembling motion: “Even as the film moved . . . to the more deadly fields of Vietnam, old hatreds vibrated in me” (Loudon Wainwright).
- To produce a sound; resonate.
- To fluctuate or waver in making choices; vacillate.
- To cause to tremble or quiver.
- To cause to move back and forth rapidly.
- To produce (sound) by vibration.
Origin: Latin vibrāre, vibrāt-; see weip- in Indo-European roots.
- viˈbra·tive, viˈbra·toˌry adjective