from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A tremulous or pulsating effect produced in an instrumental or vocal tone by minute and rapid variations in pitch.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The musical effect or technique where the pitch or frequency of a note or sound is quickly and repeatedly raised and lowered over a small distance for the duration of that note or sound.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A pulsating effect in vocal music produced by the rapid reiteration of emphasis on a tone, as if under the impulse of great emotion.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. (music) a pulsating effect in an instrumental or vocal tone produced by slight and rapid variations in pitch
Italian, from Late Latin vibrātus, a quivering, from Latin, past participle of vibrāre, to vibrate; see vibrate.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Borrowed from Italian vibrato, past participle of vibrare meaning "to vibrate" or "to quiver" (Wiktionary)