• WordNet 3.6
    • v vibrate feel sudden intense sensation or emotion "he was thrilled by the speed and the roar of the engine"
    • v vibrate move or swing from side to side regularly "the needle on the meter was oscillating"
    • v vibrate shake, quiver, or throb; move back and forth rapidly, usually in an uncontrolled manner
    • v vibrate sound with resonance "The sound resonates well in this theater"
    • v vibrate be undecided about something; waver between conflicting positions or courses of action "He oscillates between accepting the new position and retirement"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Crabs have very small hairs on their claws and other parts of their body to help detect water currents and vibrations
    • Vibrate To affect with vibratory motion; to set in vibration. "Breath vocalized, that is, vibrated or undulated, may . . . impress a swift, tremulous motion.""Star to star vibrates light."
    • Vibrate To brandish; to move to and fro; to swing; as, to vibrate a sword or a staff.
    • Vibrate To have the constituent particles move to and fro, with alternate compression and dilation of parts, as the air, or any elastic body; to quiver.
    • Vibrate To mark or measure by moving to and fro; as, a pendulum vibrating seconds.
    • Vibrate To move to and fro, or from side to side, as a pendulum, an elastic rod, or a stretched string, when disturbed from its position of rest; to swing; to oscillate.
    • Vibrate To pass from one state to another; to waver; to fluctuate; as, a man vibrates between two opinions.
    • Vibrate To produce an oscillating or quivering effect of sound; as, a whisper vibrates on the ear.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Sound at the right vibration can bore holes through a solid object.
    • vibrate To swing; oscillate; move one way and the other; play to and fro, as the pendulum.
    • vibrate To move in any kind of stationary motion under forces of restitution, commonly with a rapid motion.
    • vibrate To produce a vibratory or resonant effect; thrill; quiver: as, a whisper vibrates on the ear.
    • vibrate To fluctuate or waver, as between two opinions.
    • vibrate To cause to move or wave to and fro; cause to swing or oscillate; hence, to throw with a vibratory motion; hurl.
    • vibrate To affect with vibratory motion; cause to quiver: as, vibrated breath.
    • vibrate To measure or indicate by vibrating or oscillating: as, a pendulum vibrating seconds.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The katydid has supersonic hearing. It can hear sounds up to 4-5,000 vibrations per second.
    • v.i Vibrate vī′brāt to shake: to tremble: to move backwards and forwards: to swing: to pass from one state to another
    • v.t Vibrate to cause to shake: to move to and fro: to measure by moving to and fro: to affect with vibratory motion
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  • Edwin Hubbel Chapin
    “Every action of our lives touches on some chord that will vibrate in eternity.”
  • Wayne Dyer
    “Everything is in motion. Everything flows. Everything is vibrating.”
  • Christopher Morley
    “In every man's heart there is a secret nerve that answers to the vibrations of beauty.”
  • Fanny Crosby
    Fanny Crosby
    “Chords that were broken will vibrate once more.”
  • Charles Dickens
    “There are strings in the human heart that had better not be vibrated.”
  • Pele
    “Enthusiasm is everything. It must be taut and vibrating like a guitar string.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. vibratus, p. p. of vibrare, v. t. & v. i., to shake, brandish, vibrate; akin to Skr. vip, to tremble, Icel. veifa, to wave, vibrate. See Waive and cf. Whip (v. t.)


In literature:

One is a vibration in the ether, and the other a vibration in the air.
"The Last Harvest" by John Burroughs
So also with the torsional vibrations of plants, I find response depending on the quickness with which the vibration is effected.
"Response in the Living and Non-Living" by Jagadis Chunder Bose
It makes much of "vibration" and "friction.
"Modern Religious Cults and Movements" by Gaius Glenn Atkins
Only slowly, vibration upon vibration, can the true pitch be won back.
"How to Sing" by Lilli Lehmann
If the vibrations are strong here, all other parts will vibrate in harmonious action.
"Resonance in Singing and Speaking" by Thomas Fillebrown
The ship vibrated more and more.
"Under the Ocean to the South Pole" by Roy Rockwood
Noises, on the other hand, are produced by vibrations which have no uniformity of vibration rate.
"The Mind and Its Education" by George Herbert Betts
The skin responds to pressures, the ear to vibrations of high frequency; the lateral line is between the two in its function.
"The Outline of Science, Vol. 1 (of 4)" by J. Arthur Thomson
Vibration is the term used to designate this.
"The Wonder Island Boys: The Mysteries of the Caverns" by Roger Thompson Finlay
And these rays, these vibrations, are not like the mother-vibrations.
"Fantasia of the Unconscious" by D. H. Lawrence

In poetry:

Nor other sound, save dropping tears,
Until the distant light-house bell
Across the land, across our fears,
In wide vibrations fell,--
"In Mist And Dark" by Annie Adams Fields
And while the slow vibrations swell, and sink, and cease,
They bring divinest peace,
For we commit our best beloved to the dust,
In sure and certain trust.
"Easter Bells" by Kate Seymour Maclean
The hollow, silent world, now thou art gone,
Like music of thy laughter vibrates on,
As silence after music; oh, so sweet
Thy name is now for absence to repeat.
"An Elegy" by Manmohan Ghose
Even as the bells, in one consenting chime,
Filled with their sweet vibrations all the air,
So joined all voices, in that mournful time,
His genius, wisdom, virtues, to declare.
"Edward Everett" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Why are the ridges forever waiting?
Ridges that waited ere one man came,
Still by the towns with their life vibrating
Lonely ridges that wait the same.
Ridges and gullies without a name.
"Sheoaks That Sigh When The Wind Is Still" by Henry Lawson
That you yourself must speak to,
Terror still vibrates in her every nerve.
Her fancy mingles fire with all she thinks of.
Asleep, her soul seems busy; but awake,
Absent: now less than brute, now more than angel.
"Nathan The Wise - Act I" by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing

In news:

Have you ever missed an important call or text because you left your cell phone on vibrate, couldn't hear it ring, or couldn't reach it from across the house in time.
"Our active flap rotor is more effective on noise and vibration than on cruise efficiency," explained Russ Gray, chief engineer for advanced programs.
"Our active flap rotor is more effective on noise and vibration than on cruise efficiency," said Russ Gray, chief engineer for advanced programs.
Effect of vibration on DRG.
The vibration causes the robot to move across the small map to push objects around.
Gremlin ' Sensor Will Find Bombs by Vibrating the Ground.
The fictional film by director Tanya Wexler examines how a beleaguered doctor in Victorian England came to invent the vibrator.
The servo pneumatic swivel module DSMI-B offers many advantages, including rapid and virtually vibration-free swivel movements.
Music Punk Icons The Vibrators to Play The Shredder Monday.
Process equipment manufacturer The Witte Co. Washington, NJ, has unveiled new technical literature showcasing the company's vibrating plastic pellet classifiers.
But we found more than 600 complaints in NHTSA's database about Jeeps wobbling or vibrating since 1995, mostly Wranglers.
People in Boston's South End lined up for free vibrator Monday.
A chunky center column helps cut down picture-ruining vibration.
It clicks, vibrates and lets a mentor know that a student is on his or her way to class.
Vibrating fluid bed dryers and coolers from process equipment manufacturer The Witte Co.

In science:

The U (4) Vibron model consists of two type of bosons, J π = 0+ , 1− , and is used to describe the rotations and vibrations of diatomic molecules.
Two-Body Random Ensembles: From Nuclear Spectra to Random Polynomials
It is seen in absorption in UV, or in the NIR roto-vibrational transitions at 2.121 and 2.247 µm.
High-Redshift Galaxies: The Far-Infrared and Sub-Millimeter View
We study, analytically and numerically, an off-lattice model of scalar harmonic vibrations for structural glasses.
Boson peak in an harmonic scalar model
This implies, in particular, that the density profile of the strip state is independent of the exact nature of the driving wall (thermal or vibrating wall) .
Symmetry-breaking instability in a prototypical driven granular gas
This requires A ≪ l, where l is the mean free path of the particles at the vibrating wall.
Symmetry breaking and coarsening of clusters in a prototypical driven granular gas