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Vibrate Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    vibrate v
  1. shake, quiver, or throb; move back and forth rapidly, usually in an uncontrolled manner
  2. move or swing from side to side regularly; "the needle on the meter was oscillating" [syn: oscillate]
  3. be undecided about something; waver between conflicting positions or courses of action; "He oscillates between accepting the new position and retirement" [syn: hover, vacillate, oscillate]
  4. sound with resonance; "The sound resonates well in this theater" [syn: resonate]
  5. feel sudden intense sensation or emotion; "he was thrilled by the speed and the roar of the engine" [syn: thrill, tickle]
Vibrate Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Vibrate \Vi"brate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Vibrate; p. pr. & vb. n. Vibrating.] [L. vibratus, p. p. of vibrare, v. t. & v. i., to snake, brandish, vibrate; akin to Skr. vip to tremble, Icel. veifa to wave, vibrate. See Waive and cf. Whip, v. t.]
  1. To brandish; to move to and fro; to swing; as, to vibrate a sword or a staff.
  2. To mark or measure by moving to and fro; as, a pendulum vibrating seconds.
  3. To affect with vibratory motion; to set in vibration. Breath vocalized, that is, vibrated or undulated, may . . . impress a swift, tremulous motion. --Holder. Star to star vibrates light. --Tennyson.
Vibrate Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Vibrate \Vi"brate\, v. i.
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. To produce an oscillating or quivering effect of sound; as, a whisper vibrates on the ear. --Pope.
  4. To pass from one state to another; to waver; to fluctuate; as, a man vibrates between two opinions.

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Vibrate Meaning and Definition in Wikipedia


Vibration or oscillation means quick moving back and forth (or up and down) about a point of equilibrium . The vibration may be periodic (having a pattern) or random. Something that is vibrating may shake at the same time. If it vibrates in a periodic way, it may produce a musical note because it can make the air to vibrate. This vibration will send sound waves to the ear and to the brain. In structural dynamics and, particularly, in earthquake engineering, vibrations may be, unfortunately, bad: they are known to be a big cause of structural failure.

The time it takes a vibrating object to go back and forth completely is the period. The number of back-and-forth movements in one second is its frequency, measured in Hertz (Hz). The farthest possible distance from the equilibrium point is the amplitude.

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* Every action of our lives touches on some chord that will vibrate in eternity. - Edwin Hubbel Chapin


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