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Webster 1913 Edition


Vibrate

Vi′brate

,
Verb.
T.
[
imp. & p. p.
Vibrated
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Vibrating
.]
[L.
vibratus
, p. p. of
vibrare
, v. t. & v. i., to shake, brandish, vibrate; akin to Skr.
vip
to tremble, Icel.
veifa
to wave, vibrate. See
Waive
and cf.
Whip
,
Verb.
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

,
Verb.
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
.

Definition 2021


vibrate

vibrate

English

Verb

vibrate (third-person singular simple present vibrates, present participle vibrating, simple past and past participle vibrated)

  1. To shake with small, rapid movements to and fro.
  2. To resonate.
    Her mind vibrates with excitement.
  3. To brandish; to swing to and fro.
    to vibrate a sword or a staff
  4. To mark or measure by moving to and fro.
    a pendulum vibrating seconds
  5. To affect with vibratory motion; to set in vibration.
    • Holder
      Breath vocalized, that is, vibrated or undulated, may [] impress a swift, tremulous motion.
    • Tennyson
      Star to star vibrates light.

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Translations

Noun

vibrate (uncountable)

  1. The setting, on a portable electronic device, that causes it to vibrate rather than sound any (or most) needed alarms.
    Please put your cellphones on vibrate for the duration of the meeting.

Translations

External links

  • vibrate in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
  • vibrate in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911

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Italian

Verb

vibrate

  1. second-person plural present indicative of vibrare
  2. second-person plural imperative of vibrare
  3. feminine plural of vibrato

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Latin

Verb

vibrāte

  1. first-person plural present active imperative of vibrō