vibrato

[vi-brah-toh, vahy-]
noun, plural vibratos. Music.
a pulsating effect, produced in singing by the rapid reiteration of emphasis on a tone, and on bowed instruments by a rapid change of pitch corresponding to the vocal tremolo.

Origin:
1860–65; < Italian < Latin vibrātus (past participle); see vibrate

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vibrato (vɪˈbrɑːtəʊ)
 
n , pl -tos
1.  a slight, rapid, and regular fluctuation in the pitch of a note produced on a stringed instrument by a shaking movement of the hand stopping the strings
2.  an oscillatory effect produced in singing by fluctuation in breath pressure or pitch
 
[C19: from Italian, from Latin vibrāre to vibrate]

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The vibrato from his violin feels as if it is penetrating my heart.
As with pre-nineteenth-century string players, the rare vibrato was dramatic
  ornamentation.
It came, in part, from the friction between raw grief and joy which produced
  her vibrato.
Pia's vibrato is a little strong, but she's pretty polished.
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