Simple Definition of vibrate
: to move back and forth or from side to side with very short, quick movements
Full Definition of vibrate
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
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 in a sentence
The car started to vibrate.
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
Synonym Discussion of vibrate
swing, sway, oscillate, vibrate, fluctuate, waver, undulate mean to move from one direction to its opposite. swing implies a movement of something attached at one end or one side <the door suddenly swung open>. sway implies a slow swinging or teetering movement <trees swaying in the breeze>. oscillate stresses a usually regular alternation of direction <an oscillating fan>. vibrate suggests the rapid oscillation of an elastic body under stress or impact <the vibrating strings of a piano>. fluctuate suggests constant irregular changes of level, intensity, or value <fluctuating interest rates>. waver stresses irregular motion suggestive of reeling or tottering <the exhausted runner wavered before collapsing>. undulate suggests a gentle wavelike motion <an undulating sea of grass>.
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VIBRATE Defined for Kids
Definition of vibrate for Students
: to move or cause to move back and forth or from side to side very quickly
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