Vibrate meaning

vībrāt
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.

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To be in a state of great activity, excitement, or agitation.
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To fluctuate or waver, as between states or in making choices.
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To give off (light or sound) by vibration.
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To set in to-and-fro motion; oscillate.
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To cause to quiver.
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To swing back and forth; oscillate, as a pendulum.
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To move rapidly back and forth; quiver, as a plucked string.
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To resound.
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To convey an emotional resonance.
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To move with small movements rapidly to and fro.
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Her mind vibrates with excitement.

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To brandish; to swing to and fro.

To vibrate a sword or a staff.

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To mark or measure by moving to and fro.

A pendulum vibrating seconds.

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To affect with vibratory motion; to set in vibration.
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The setting, on a portable electronic device, that causes it to vibrate rather than sound any (most) needed alarms.

Please put your cellphones on vibrate for the duration of the meeting.

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To produce a sound; resonate.
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To cause to move back and forth rapidly.

The rattlesnake vibrated its tail.

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To produce (sound) by vibration.
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A setting on a cell phone that causes the phone to shake rapidly without producing a ringtone when a call or text message is received.
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Origin of vibrate

  • Latin vibrāre vibrāt- weip- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin vibrātus, perfect passive participle of vibrō (“agitate, set in tremulous motion").

    From Wiktionary