vibration

noun
vi·​bra·​tion | \ vī-ˈbrā-shən How to pronounce vibration (audio) \

Definition of vibration

1a : a periodic motion of the particles of an elastic body or medium in alternately opposite directions from the position of equilibrium when that equilibrium has been disturbed (as when a stretched cord produces musical tones or molecules in the air transmit sounds to the ear)
b : the action of vibrating : the state of being vibrated or in vibratory motion: such as
(2) : a quivering or trembling motion : quiver
2 : an instance of vibration
3 : vacillation in opinion or action : wavering
4a : a characteristic emanation, aura, or spirit that infuses or vitalizes someone or something and that can be instinctively sensed or experienced often used in plural
b : a distinctive usually emotional atmosphere capable of being sensed usually used in plural

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Other Words from vibration

vibrational \ vī-​ˈbrā-​shnəl , -​shə-​nᵊl How to pronounce vibrational (audio) \ adjective
vibrationless \ vī-​ˈbrā-​shən-​ləs How to pronounce vibrationless (audio) \ adjective

Examples of vibration in a Sentence

trying to reduce engine vibration the vibration of the floor caused by thundering feet in the hallway
Recent Examples on the Web Remarkably, there’s no engine vibration at idle, although the engine gets raucous when revved. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "Cheap frills make the 2020 Nissan Sentra a little luxury ride (review)," 26 Sep. 2020 For example: The pop-out door handles have a tiny motor that creates a small vibration when someone opens the door. Roberto Baldwin, Car and Driver, "Mercedes Floods 2021 S-Class with New and Updated Technology," 2 Sep. 2020 Upon wakeup, users can choose from either a silent, haptic alarm (like a vibration) or gentle sounds. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "iOS 14 Is Apple's Most Android-Like Update Yet," 22 June 2020 In addition to existing ways to harvest energy, from radio waves, solar power and vibration, there are some in development that sound more sci-fi. Christopher Mims, WSJ, "Battery-Free, Energy-Harvesting Perpetual Machines: The Weird Future of Computing," 3 Oct. 2020 That’s an important step because if the pulleys aren’t aligned, excessive vibration will prematurely wear out belts and bearings. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How to Remove Rust From Your Older Tools," 28 Sep. 2020 The red and black lines both clash and concur, but ultimately harmonize in good vibration. Washington Post, "In the galleries: Studies in ‘anti-landscapes’ and seeing the unseen," 25 Sep. 2020 The cabin is filled with buzz and vibration at even modest speeds—the carpet and glovebox have been removed to save weight, and the residual soundproofing keeps out noise about as well as a screen door would. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, "2021 McLaren 620R Trades Civility for Quicker Lap Times," 18 Aug. 2020 Some models even offer vibration to help amplify the massage effect. Jennifer Blair, chicagotribune.com, "The best foot massager of 2020," 30 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of vibration

1635, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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28 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Vibration.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vibration. Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for vibration

vibration

noun
How to pronounce vibration (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of vibration

: a continuous slight shaking movement : a series of small, fast movements back and forth or from side to side
informal : a feeling that someone or something gives you

vibration

noun
vi·​bra·​tion | \ vī-ˈbrā-shən How to pronounce vibration (audio) \

Kids Definition of vibration

1 : a rapid motion (as of a stretched cord) back and forth
2 : the action of moving or causing to move back and forth or from side to side very quickly : the state of being swung back and forth
3 : a trembling motion

vibration

noun
vi·​bra·​tion | \ vī-ˈbrā-shən How to pronounce vibration (audio) \

Medical Definition of vibration

1a : a periodic motion of the particles of an elastic body or medium in alternately opposite directions from the position of equilibrium when that equilibrium has been disturbed (as when particles of air transmit sounds to the ear)
b : the action of vibrating : the state of being vibrated or in vibratory motion
2 : an instance of vibration

Other Words from vibration

vibrate \ ˈvī-​ˌbrāt How to pronounce vibrate (audio) \ verb vibrated; vibrating
vibrational \ -​shnəl, -​shən-​ᵊl How to pronounce vibrational (audio) \ adjective

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