vibrate
Pronunciation
  • (British) IPA: /vaɪˈbɹeɪt/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈvaɪ.bɹeɪt/
Verb

vibrate (vibrates, present participle vibrating; past and past participle vibrated)

  1. (intransitive) To shake with small, rapid movements to and fro.
  2. (intransitive) To resonate.
    Her mind was vibrating with excitement.
  3. (transitive) To brandish; to swing to and fro.
    to vibrate a sword or a staff
  4. (transitive) To mark or measure by moving to and fro.
    a pendulum vibrating seconds
  5. (transitive) To affect with vibratory motion; to set in vibration.
    • Breath vocalized, that is, vibrated or undulated, may […] impress a swift, tremulous motion.
    • 1864, Alfred Tennyson, “Aylmer’s Field”, in Enoch Arden, &c., London: Edward Moxon & Co., […], OCLC 879237670 ↗, page 81 ↗:
      Star to star vibrates light: may soul to soul / Strike thro' a finer element of her own?
  6. (transitive, slang, dated) To please or impress someone.
    • 1949, Ladies' Home Journal (volume 66, page 115)
      And if he wants to give you high praise, he'll answer, "That vibrates me"; "That has a large charge"; or "That's oogley."
    • 1961, Congressional Record
      […] standing side by side under a Grecian column, tapping their feet in unison and saying such things as "Hot-diggety,” “Razz-ma-tazz," “That vibrates me," and other expressions of praise current in their youth.
  7. (intransitive, music) To use vibrato.
Translations Noun

vibrate (uncountable)

  1. The setting, on a portable electronic device, that causes it to vibrate rather than sound any (or most) needed alarms.
    Please put your cellphones on vibrate for the duration of the meeting.
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