vi·​bra·​to·​ry | \ ˈvī-brə-ˌtȯr-ē How to pronounce vibratory (audio) \

Definition of vibratory

1 : consisting of, capable of, or causing vibration or oscillation
2 : characterized by vibration

Examples of vibratory in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Plus, the Ford's steering transmits continuous vibratory static to the driver. K.c. Colwell, Car and Driver, "Tested: 2020 Ford Mustang 2.3L vs. 2021 Toyota Supra 2.0," 13 Oct. 2020 At sufficient volume, the entire rear end falls into vibratory ecstasy. Daniel Pund, Car and Driver, "Mustang Shelby GT500 vs. Camaro ZL1 1LE vs. Challenger Hellcat Redeye," 12 Feb. 2020 The Librarian’s Bass Lodge Set The Librarian never disappoints, with her deep love for the art of bass music reflected in her set as fans basked in the vibratory glow of the bottom end of the sonic spectrum. Morena Duwe, Billboard, "Breakdancing, Bingo & Bass: The 10 Best Moments of Dirtybird Campout West Coast 2019," 7 Oct. 2019 This version, called the Buzz, will contain just eight vibratory motors and can be worn around the user’s wrist. Kate Keller, Smithsonian, "Could This Futuristic Vest Give Us a Sixth Sense?," 21 Apr. 2018 Arborists can also use a vibratory plow to actively separate the intermingled root structure, although this can be costly. Thomas Jewell,, "South Euclid Tree Commissioner hosts oak wilt seminar Arbor Day weekend," 17 Apr. 2018 The Greatest Story Ever Told -- a live performance which tells a musical and visual journey by exploring the connection between music and the vibratory universe. Jennifer Machin, Billboard, "Mickey Hart Teams Up With The American Museum of Natural History For A Special Live Performance," 13 Apr. 2018 Study subjects learned within minutes to use the vibratory feedback to more deftly move their mechanical hand, to better sense its position in space, and to tighten and loosen their grip on objects as needed. Melissa Healy,, "By vibrating the muscles, engineers produce a better prosthetic hand," 15 Mar. 2018 The sounds were often associated with pressurelike or vibratory sensory stimuli . . . Washington Post, "Doctors find neurological damage to Americans who served in Cuba," 14 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of vibratory

1728, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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18 Oct 2020

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“Vibratory.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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vi·​bra·​to·​ry | \ ˈvī-brə-ˌtōr-ē, -ˌtȯr- How to pronounce vibratory (audio) \

Medical Definition of vibratory

1 : of, consisting in, capable of, or causing vibration or oscillation cutaneous vibratory sensation
2 : characterized by vibration

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