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

Our security writer put together a guide to stopping those obnoxious all-day pocket vibrations. Alex Baker-whitcomb, WIRED, "Keanu’s E3 Surprise, a Government Photo Hack, and More News," 10 June 2019 All three drives spin at 7,200rpm with 256MB of DRAM cache, and feature rotational vibrations sensors and firmware that will compensate for outside vibrational interference. Jon L. Jacobi, PCWorld, "Seagate is the first to hit 16TB capacity with its IronWolf, IronWolf Pro, and Exos x16 hard drives," 4 June 2019 Likewise, the carbon frame itself is designed to reduce shock and vibration. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Road Bikes for Every Cyclist," 8 May 2019 Relaxis is a vibration pad that goes under the legs, and Restiffic is a pressure wrap that goes around the legs or feet. Kristin Auble, SELF, "9 Facts to Know About Restless Legs Syndrome," 16 Mar. 2019 The pressure is ultimately due to the random motion of rapidly vibrating gas molecules, and that vibration consists of movement in all directions. Tom Skilling, chicagotribune.com, "Ask Tom: How heavy is the Earth's atmosphere?," 27 June 2018 The vibration of the music and the red glow of the spotlights washed over everything. Liz Mcdaniel, Vogue, "I Love My Husband— I Didn’t Always Love His Headband," 4 Feb. 2019 Churning pistons generate rhythmic vibrations, a belching smokestack expels eye-watering exhaust, and a blasting whistle — tooted often by an eager engineer — rattles the ear. Daniel Miller, latimes.com, "Walt Disney's first love lives on at this historic California ranch," 24 May 2018 The ancient Greeks used sound vibration to aid in digestion, treat mental disturbance, and induce sleep, and even Aristotle's De Anima detailed how flute music could purify the soul. Nicole Dellert, Allure, "I Tried a Sound Bath — Here's What This Meditative Practice Is Really Like," 24 Oct. 2018

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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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