: 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)
trying to reduce engine vibration
the vibration of the floor caused by thundering feet in the hallway
Recent Examples on the WebThese materials absorb vibrations and deaden the sound of the switches, producing a satisfying sound and a solid feel.—Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 21 Feb. 2024 The Pom is a Glamour favorite for its discreet size and whisper quiet vibrations including five pattern modes and five intensities.—Jake Smith, Glamour, 17 Feb. 2024 Buying a piece of her statement jewelry, you’re guaranteed some good vibrations of your own.—Nicole Phelps, Vogue, 1 Feb. 2024 In 2021, the health technology company recalled millions of breathing devices and ventilators globally over concerns that foam used to reduce noise and vibration could cause health issues, including cancer.—Anthony Robledo, USA TODAY, 30 Jan. 2024 These vibrations can be slow—the kind needed for haptic feedback—or very fast, to the highest audio frequencies and beyond.—IEEE Spectrum, 11 Feb. 2024 The watch can be programmed to go off with a vibration, song, or both.—Casey Clark, Parents, 9 Feb. 2024 An app enables users to tailor the pattern of the vibration to one that works best for them.—Amit Katwala, WIRED, 8 Feb. 2024 Vagus Nerve Stimulation: The vibrations from humming stimulate the vagus nerve, ushering us into the ‘rest and digest’ state, countering the ‘fight or flight’ stress mode.—Gen Cleary, Rolling Stone, 1 Feb. 2024 See More
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: 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)