vibrator

vibrator

[vahy-brey-ter]
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.
a.
a device in which, by continually repeated impulses, a steady current is changed into an oscillating current.
b.
a device for producing electric oscillations.

Origin:
1860–65; vibrate + -or2

nonvibrator, noun
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vibrator (vaɪˈbreɪtə)
 
n
1.  a.  a device for producing a vibratory motion, such as one used in massage or in the distribution of wet concrete in moulds
 b.  such a device with a vibrating part or tip, used as a dildo
2.  See also chopper 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

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