vibrate

2 ENTRIES FOUND:

vi·brate

verb \ˈvī-ˌbrāt, especially British vī-ˈ\

: to move back and forth or from side to side with very short, quick movements

vi·brat·edvi·brat·ing

Full Definition of VIBRATE

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>
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>
2
:  to have an effect as or as if of vibration <music, when soft voices die, vibrates in the memory — P. B. Shelley>
3
:  to be in a state of vibration :  quiver
4
:  to respond sympathetically :  thrill <vibrate to the opportunity>

Examples of VIBRATE

  1. The car started to vibrate.
  2. When you blow into the instrument, the air vibrates the reed.

Origin of VIBRATE

Latin vibratus, past participle of vibrare to brandish, wave, rock — more at wipe
First Known Use: 1616

Rhymes with VIBRATE

abate, ablate, adnate, aerate, age-mate, agnate, airdate, airfreight, alate, arête, await, backdate, baldpate, bandmate, baseplate, bedmate, bedplate, berate, birthrate, bistate, bite plate, blank slate, blind date, blue plate, bookplate, breastplate, casemate, castrate, caudate, cell plate, cerate, cheapskate, checkmate, chelate, chordate, citrate, classmate, clavate, cognate, collate, comate, conflate, connate, Cook Strait, cordate, create, cremate, crenate, curate, cut-rate, deadweight, death rate, debate, deflate, delate, dentate, derate, dictate, dilate, disrate, donate, doorplate, downstate, drawplate, elate, end plate, equate, estate, faceplate, falcate, fellate, filtrate, first-rate, fishplate, fixate, flatmate, floodgate, fluxgate, flyweight, folate, formate, frustrate, gelate, gestate, ground state, gyrate, hamate, hastate, headgate, Hell Gate, helpmate, home plate, hot plate, housemate, hydrate, ice-skate, inflate, ingrate, inmate, innate, instate, irate, jailbait, Kuwait, lactate, lapse rate, legate, liftgate, ligate, lightweight, liquate, lobate, locate, lunate, lustrate, lych-gate, lyrate, magnate, makebate, makeweight, mandate, messmate, migrate, misstate, mutate, nameplate, narrate, negate, Newgate, nitrate, notate, nutate, oblate, of late, orate, ornate, ovate, palmate, palpate, peltate, phonate, pinnate, placate, playdate, playmate, plicate, portrait, postdate, predate, prime rate, probate, prolate, pronate, prorate, prostate, prostrate, punctate, pupate, quadrate, rain date, ramate, rebate, red-bait, relate, restate, roommate, rostrate, rotate, saccate, schoolmate, seatmate, sedate, sensate, septate, serrate, shipmate, short weight, slave state, soleplate, soul mate, spectate, spicate, squamate, stagnate, stalemate, stellate, striate, sublate, substrate, sulcate, summate, tailgate, teammate, Tebet, tenth-rate, ternate, terneplate, testate, third-rate, tinplate, to date, toeplate, tollgate, tractate, translate, tristate, truncate, unweight, update, uprate, upstate, V-8, vacate, vallate, valvate, virgate, vulgate, whitebait, workmate

Browse

Next Word in the Dictionary: vibrated concrete
Previous Word in the Dictionary: vibraphone
All Words Near: vibrate

Seen & Heard

What made you want to look up vibrate? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Get Our Free Apps
Voice Search, Favorites,
Word of the Day, and More
Join Us on FB & Twitter
Get the Word of the Day and More