vibrate

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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Vibrate \Vi"brate\, verb (used without an object)

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.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Vibrate \Vi"brate\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Vibrated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Vibrating}.] [L. vibratus, p. p. of vibrare, verb (used with an object) & v. i., to shake, 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.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

vibrate

verb

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}, {vibrate}]

3: be undecided about something; waver between conflicting positions or courses of action; "He oscillates between accepting the new position and retirement" [syn: {hover}, {vibrate}, {vacillate}, {oscillate}]

4: sound with resonance; "The sound resonates well in this theater" [syn: {resonate}, {vibrate}]

5: feel sudden intense sensation or emotion; "he was thrilled by the speed and the roar of the engine" [syn: {thrill}, {tickle}, {vibrate}]

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