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

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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 And that difference will result in different auditory and vibratory signals. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "A phone app that listens to your car and could warn of impending trouble," 27 Oct. 2017 Might faith in the healing powers of a vibratory sound bath lead the next day to outlandish conspiracy theories? Emily Witt, New York Times, "The Modern Charm of Practical Magic," 1 Dec. 2016

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First Known Use of vibratory

1728, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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