Vibrate Definition

vibrated, vibrates, vibrating
vibrated, vibrates, vibrating
To move rapidly back and forth; quiver, as a plucked string.
Webster's New World
To progress in a given direction while moving back and forth rapidly.
The sound wave vibrated through the water.
American Heritage
To set in to-and-fro motion; oscillate.
Webster's New World
To cause to quiver.
Webster's New World
To resound.
Webster's New World
  • be still
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.
American Heritage

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.

Origin of Vibrate

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

    From Wiktionary

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

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

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