sympathetic vibration

noun

: a vibration produced in one body by the vibrations of exactly the same period in a neighboring body

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The sound comes from the beating of her wings and the sympathetic vibration of her thorax, buzzing at a frequency of 400 hertz (close to middle C). Dava Sobel, Discover Magazine, 19 Jan. 2010

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Word History

First Known Use

1898, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sympathetic vibration was in 1898

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“Sympathetic vibration.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sympathetic%20vibration. Accessed 26 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition

sympathetic vibration

noun
: a vibration produced in one body by vibrations of exactly the same period in a neighboring body
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