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
(1) : oscillation
(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 How to pronounce vibrational (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl \ 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

Ultrasonic humidifier: These popular choices use high-frequency vibration to produce a fine mist with quiet fans. Paige Szmodis, Popular Mechanics, "Breathe Easier With One of These 8 Best Humidifiers," 13 Sep. 2019 Then, David Shultz writes forScience magazine, the researchers monitored the angry crabs with a combination of X-ray imaging and a vibration-sensing laser. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Ghost Crabs Use Teeth in Their Stomachs to Ward Off Predators," 12 Sep. 2019 Using vibration sensing lasers and X-ray imaging, the researchers discovered that aggressive noises were coming from the crabs' gastric mill. Amy Woodyatt And Allen Kim, CNN, "Ghost crabs 'growl' from their stomachs, scientists find," 12 Sep. 2019 According to it, the vast zoo of particle species are different vibration patterns of a single type of primitive and featureless thing called a string. George Musser, Scientific American, "The Search for Truth in Physics," 25 Aug. 2019 Cracks from the noise vibrations have appeared in the walls and window seals, the lawsuit claims. Gene Johnson, The Seattle Times, "Whidbey Island residents sue Navy over Growler jet noise," 16 Sep. 2019 Weather stations in Manitoba recorded the vibrations. Christopher Borrelli, chicagotribune.com, "With duct tape and 72 magnets, scientists are looking for a meteor on the bottom of Lake Michigan. Will they find it?," 28 Aug. 2019 The rapid vibrations actually act as lymphatic massages that kickstart drainage. Braelyn Wood, Health.com, "The 3 Face Massager Benefits You Should Know About," 8 Aug. 2019 Some worried the vibrations would crack foundations over time and had played a role in the disintegration of old pipes. Jon Murray, The Denver Post, "Interstate 70 project in Denver gets noise variance renewal but not for as long as contractor sought," 8 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of vibration

1635, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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vibration

noun

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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