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vibrato

[vi-brah-toh, vahy-] /vɪˈbrɑ toʊ, vaɪ-/
noun, plural vibratos. Music.
1.
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
1860-1865
1860-65; < Italian < Latin vibrātus (past participle); see vibrate
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Examples for vibrato
  • 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.
  • He likes amplified, pop-style voices better than pure-toned, vibrato-heavy ones.
  • Pia's vibrato is a little strong, but she's pretty polished.
  • He says she needed to slow it down to emphasize her vibrato.
  • These two people io, li throb, vibrato with conflicting emotion-.
  • vibrato is a small oscillation in the pitch of a note, usually considered expressive.
British Dictionary definitions for vibrato

vibrato

/vɪˈbrɑːtəʊ/
noun (music) (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
Compare tremolo
Word Origin
C19: from Italian, from Latin vibrāre to vibrate
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