Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Pulsing or throbbing with energy or activity: the vibrant streets of a big city.
  • adj. Vigorous, lively, and vital: "a vibrant group that challenged the . . . system” ( Philip Taubman).
  • adj. Exhibiting or characterized by rapid, rhythmic movement back and forth or to and fro; vibrating.
  • adj. Produced as a result of vibration; resonant or resounding: vibrant voices.
  • adj. Relatively high on the scale of brightness: a vibrant hue.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Pulsing with energy or activity
  • adj. Lively and vigorous
  • adj. Vibrating, resonant or resounding
  • adj. bright

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Vibrating; tremulous; resonant.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Vibrating; agitated; specifically, vibrating so as to produce sound: as, a vibrant string.
  • Of sounds, resonant; sonorous; characterized by a perceptible vibration; sometimes, tremulous.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of colors that are bright and striking
  • adj. vigorous and animated
  • adj. of sounds that are strong and resonating

Etymologies

From French vibrant, from Latin vibrans, present participle of vibrare ("to vibrate"); see vibrate. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The participants sit in a state of what I call vibrant equality.

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  • The past year has been a boon for corporate profits, but now a laboring U.S. economy and burdened consumers mean companies with strong international operations, particularly in vibrant Asian economies, will have a marked advantage over those with limited business overseas.

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  • The high quality, machine washable fabrics they choose have stunning, eye-catching designs in vibrant colors.

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  • Made from 96% organic cotton and 4% lycra, the boy-cut style undies come in vibrant colors thanks to low-impact dyes.

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  • Her bold compositions were executed in vibrant colours; her embroidery frequently used stylised plants.

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  • In Mexican architecture, interior walls bathed in vibrant hues are given texture with the addition of colonial style stencil patterns or wainscots in contrasting colors.

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  • I have long envied people who were able to create and maintain vibrant, Crayola-style hair colors, because I am not typically one of those people.

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  • There are long fold-outs showing the spine, the chest, other parts, and full-page color plates with every bit of the body in vibrant color, cross-sectioned and labelled.

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  • The Schreiber seemed the perfect metaphor for the work as well, nestled quietly in vibrant colors on Magnolia St. While the entire district of North Hollywood, or NoHo as the banners call it, seemed to be waking up as the sun set, the Schreiber sat modestly without a large placard or signs.

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