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(of cilia, flagella, or other small appendages) capable of or characterized by oscillatory motion.
- ‘A further object of the present invention is to provide a vibratile mat which is excellent in the air permeability.’
- ‘When the pulse is hard, frequent, and vibratile, and the temperature is elevated, bryonia is indicated.’
- ‘The flower has a shallow tube and the margins of the corolla lobes have a distinct fringe of purple vibratile hairs.’
- ‘The products show excellent compressive, tensile, vibratile, temperature and corrosion resistant performance, which have become a landmark that imported parts are made in our country.’
- ‘It is indicated by test that the effect of step type variable parameter vibratile drilling is more superior than that of common drilling at corresponding conditions.’
Early 19th century: alteration of vibratory, on the pattern of words such as pulsatile.
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