vibrate

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Thus, when Bell spoke loudly into the ear, the vibrations of the drum made tiny markings upon the glass.
Bell noticed how small and thin was the ear-drum, and yet how effectively it could send thrills and vibrations through heavy bones.
I gasped and struggled at each vibration. I shrunk convulsively at its every sweep.
What boots it to tell of the long, long hours of horror more than mortal, during which I counted the rushing vibrations of the steel!
The undulations appeared to my companion and myself to come from due east, whilst others thought they proceeded from south-west: this shows how difficult it sometimes is to perceive the directions of the vibrations. There was no difficulty in standing upright, but the motion made me almost giddy: it was something like the movement of a vessel in a little cross-ripple, or still more like that felt by a person skating over thin ice, which bends under the weight of his body.
I don't know about Mills, but the subdued shadowy vibration of it echoed in my breast which felt empty for a moment and like a large space that makes one giddy.
There was a deep-down vibration in her tone for the first time.
"Oh!" he said, in a very low voice, "is it possible that my life depends on the slightest vibration of the least of these bells?
She had struck with the entire force of her heart's vibration, communicating, by some subtile magnetism, her own terror to the summons.
The flash of this knowledge--for it was knowledge in the midst of dread--produced in me the most extraordinary effect, started as I stood there, a sudden vibration of duty and courage.
The signal has been sounded--too grave for the ear of the sailor at the masthead and his comrades on the deck--who nevertheless feel its vibrations in the ship as the stones of a cathedral are stirred by the bass of the organ.
No, it was man alone who had produced these reddish vapors, these gigantic flames worthy of a volcano itself, these tremendous vibrations resembling the shock of an earthquake, these reverberations rivaling those of hurricanes and storms; and it was his hand which precipitated into an abyss, dug by himself, a whole Niagara of molten metal!