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vibrator

[vahy-brey-ter] /ˈvaɪ breɪ tər/
noun
1.
a person or thing that vibrates.
2.
any of various machines or devices causing a vibratory motion or action.
3.
a small appliance of variable shape, made to oscillate very rapidly and used in vibratory massage.
4.
Electricity.
  1. a device in which, by continually repeated impulses, a steady current is changed into an oscillating current.
  2. a device for producing electric oscillations.
Origin
1860-1865
1860-65; vibrate + -or2
Related forms
nonvibrator, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for vibrator

vibrator

/vaɪˈbreɪtə/
noun
1.
  1. a device for producing a vibratory motion, such as one used in massage or in the distribution of wet concrete in moulds
  2. such a device with a vibrating part or tip, used as a dildo
2.
a device in which a vibrating conductor interrupts a circuit to produce a pulsating current from a steady current, usually so that the current can then be amplified or the voltage transformed See also chopper (sense 6)
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Word Origin and History for vibrator
n.

1862, "that which vibrates," agent noun in Latin form from vibrate (v.). Attested from 1888 in reference to various appliances; specific sense of "small electrical device for sexual stimulation" is recorded from 1953.

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