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.
Recent Examples of vibrate from the Web
Detroit Free Press When Mark Calvin's phone started vibrating a lot Thursday afternoon, the 19-year-old University of Michigan freshman from Grand Rapids was surprised.
And, as if the festival itself isn't enough, the city itself was vibrating with EDC energy, with acts like Major Lazer playing at the Encore Beach Club less than 24 hours after headlining the festival the night before.
Best is Sarah Beckham-Turner, wry even in desperation as Harper, her voice cool yet vibrating with vulnerability.
On the front steps of the Victorian, as Ginger’s hands pressed howls back into her mouth, Ken started vibrating.
My husband made three easy payments of $29.99 for a vibrating brush and a year’s supply of hair-growth shampoo in big cardboard boxes that took up most of our bathroom.
Her phone vibrated constantly with congrats from strangers, interview requests from major networks, and promises of a summer internship from John Schnatter, the Papa himself.
Cross and Jackson study jumping spiders, which don’t have their own webs but will sometimes vibrate an existing web, luring another spider out to attack.
The system is set up so that the ear closest to the source of the sound will vibrate most strongly.
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Synonym Discussion of vibrate
VIBRATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of vibrate for English Language Learners
: to move back and forth or from side to side with very short, quick movements
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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