vibrate
verb (vibrated; vibrating) Etymology: Latin vibratus, past participle of vibrare to brandish, wave, rock — more at wipe Date: 1616 transitive verb 1. to swing or move to and fro 2. to emit with or as if with a vibratory motion 3. to mark or measure by oscillation <
a pendulum vibrating seconds
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4. to set in vibration intransitive verb 1. a. to move to and fro or from side to side ; oscillate b. fluctuate, vacillate <
vibrate between two choices
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2. to have an effect as or as if of vibration <
music, when soft voices die, vibrates in the memory — P. B. Shelley
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3. to be in a state of vibration ; quiver 4. to respond sympathetically ; thrill <
vibrate to the opportunity
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Synonyms: see swing

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  • Vibrate — 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Vibrate — 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Vibrate — may refer to: *Vibration * Vibrate, a song by Outkast from their 2003 album Speakerboxxx/The Love Below *Vibrate the 2004 album by The Manhattan Transfer …   Wikipedia

  • vibrate — [vī′brāt΄] vt. vibrated, vibrating [< L vibratus, pp. of vibrare, to vibrate, shake < IE * weib (< base * wei , to turn) > WIPE] 1. to give off (light or sound) by vibration 2. to set in to and fro motion; oscillate 3. to cause to… …   English World dictionary

  • Vibrate — 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. [1913 Webster] 2. To have the constituent particles move to and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • vibrate — index beat (pulsate), vacillate Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • vibrate — (v.) 1610s, from L. vibratus, pp. of vibrare move quickly to and fro, shake, from PIE *w(e)ib move quickly to and fro (Cf. Lith. wyburiu to wag (the tail), Dan. vippe, Du. wippen to swing, O.E. wipan to wipe ). Related: Vibrated; vibrating …   Etymology dictionary

  • vibrate — *swing, sway, oscillate, fluctuate, pendulate, waver, undulate Analogous words: *pulsate, pulse, beat, throb, palpitate: quiver, quaver, tremble, *shake …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • vibrate — [v] shake, quiver beat, echo, fluctuate, flutter, jar, oscillate, palpitate, pulsate, pulse, quake, resonate, resound, reverberate, ripple, shiver, sway, swing, throb, tremble, tremor, undulate, wave, waver; concepts 152,748 Ant. be still …   New thesaurus

  • vibrate — ► VERB 1) move with small movements rapidly to and fro. 2) (of a sound) resonate. DERIVATIVES vibrating adjective. ORIGIN Latin vibrare move to and fro …   English terms dictionary

  • vibrate — verb ADVERB ▪ gently, slightly, softly ▪ violently VERB + VIBRATE ▪ seem to PREPOSITION ▪ …   Collocations dictionary

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