librate

librate
  v.i. oscillate before settling into equilibrium; be poised; balance.
   ♦ libration, n.
  Astronomy, apparent swinging of moon's visible surface.
   ♦ libratory, a.

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  • Librate — Li brate (l[imac] br[=a]t), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Librated} (l[imac] br[asl]*t[e^]d); p. pr. & vb. n. {Librating}.] [L. libratus, p. p. of librare to balance, to make even, fr. libra. Cf. {Level}, {Deliberate}, {Equilibrium}.] To vibrate as a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Librate — Li brate, v. t. To poise; to balance. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • librate — index oscillate, vacillate Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • librate — [lī′brāt΄] vi. librated, librating [< L libratus, pp. of librare, to weigh, balance < libra, a balance] 1. to move back and forth slowly like the beam of a balance in coming to rest; oscillate 2. to remain balanced; hover …   English World dictionary

  • librate — /luy brayt/, v.i., librated, librating. 1. to oscillate or move from side to side or between two points. 2. to remain poised or balanced. [1615 25; < L libratus ptp. of librare. to balance, make level, bring to equilibrium. See LIBRA, ATE1] * * * …   Universalium

  • librate — verb To oscillate (like the beam of a balance) See Also: libration …   Wiktionary

  • librate — v. vibrate, sway, move back and forth; be balanced …   English contemporary dictionary

  • librate — triable …   Anagrams dictionary

  • librate — v. a. Balance, poise, hold in equipoise …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • librate — li·brate …   English syllables

  • librate — /ˈlaɪbreɪt/ (say luybrayt) verb (i) (librated, librating) 1. to oscillate; sway. 2. to be poised or balanced. {Latin lībrāt , stem of past participle of librāre to balance} …  

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