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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Recent Examples on the Web But the amplitude — or the extent of a vibratory movement — of the instrument was too small, and his body also became used to it, mitigating the VibraCussor’s impact. Jeff Fedotin, Forbes, 8 Sep. 2021 One got a vibratory stimulus, in a form of a light tapping on its tank. Sara Harrison, Wired, 16 Apr. 2021 The behavior probably isn’t conscious—just something frog lungs are naturally able to do, via some unusual vibratory shenanigans. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 4 Mar. 2021 But the magic of Mahler — in his hush, in high strings creating a tremulous, vibratory atmosphere — is to reveal this as a mystical place. Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times, 28 Oct. 2020 Plus, the Ford's steering transmits continuous vibratory static to the driver. K.c. Colwell, Car and Driver, 13 Oct. 2020 At sufficient volume, the entire rear end falls into vibratory ecstasy. Daniel Pund, Car and Driver, 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, 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, 21 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of vibratory

1728, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Vibratory.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Oct. 2021.

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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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