vibrate

When you feel something vibrate, it trembles and shakes. A mild earthquake, for example, might make your chandelier vibrate.

A hummingbird's wings vibrate, and so does an electric toothbrush. That extremely rapid back-and-forth movement is what happens when something vibrates. Something can also vibrate in a more musical, resonant way — the sound of an organ might vibrate through a church, for example. The root is the Latin word vibratus, which means "move quickly to and fro or shake."

Definitions of vibrate
1

v sound with resonance

Synonyms:
resonate
Types:
make vibrant sounds, purr
indicate pleasure by purring; characteristic of cats
Type of:
go, sound
make a certain noise or sound

v shake, quiver, or throb; move back and forth rapidly, usually in an uncontrolled manner

Types:
shimmy, wobble
tremble or shake
judder, shake
shake or vibrate rapidly and intensively
Type of:
move
move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion

v move or swing from side to side regularly

Synonyms:
oscillate
Types:
hunt
oscillate about a desired speed, position, or state to an undesirable extent
librate
vibrate before coming to a total rest
Type of:
sway, swing
move or walk in a swinging or swaying manner

v be undecided about something; waver between conflicting positions or courses of action

Synonyms:
hover, oscillate, vacillate
Types:
shillyshally
be uncertain and vague
Type of:
hesitate, waffle, waver
pause or hold back in uncertainty or unwillingness

v feel sudden intense sensation or emotion

Synonyms:
thrill, tickle
Type of:
excite, shake, shake up, stimulate, stir
stir the feelings, emotions, or peace of

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