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.
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
Breath vocalized, that is, vibrated or undulated, may
. . . impress a swift, tremulous motion. Holder.
Star to star vibrates light.