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 , -​shə-​nᵊl How to pronounce vibration (audio) \ adjective
vibrationless \ vī-​ˈbrā-​shən-​ləs How to pronounce vibration (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 Car alarms triggered by the vibration of an electric saw also can be installed. Diane Bell Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 Sep. 2021 This also eliminates unnecessary vibration of the sound wall which Technics says can produce a higher purity of sound. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 7 Sep. 2021 The distant sirens mingled with the vibration of Romi’s cell. Etgar Keret, The New Yorker, 2 Sep. 2021 The middle ear bones push on the fluid inside a structure called the cochlea, and that fluid moving then drives the vibration of sensory cells called outer hair cells. Dallas News, 21 July 2021 Likewise, enhancements to the CX-5's suspension and a more rigid frame are said to improve its noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH) levels, which should provide a quieter cabin and a smoother ride. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, 14 Sep. 2021 For power at a camp site, there a Cummins Onan 2.5 KW Generator with remote and automatic generator start, high efficiency, low vibration and noise. Everett Potter, Forbes, 10 June 2021 The problems include excessive vibration and noise. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 8 June 2021 And there’s no way to feel the intense vibration and noise of a kinetic sculpture like Metropolis II by Chris Burden from your laptop. Susanna Schrobsdorff, Time, 10 May 2021

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First Known Use of vibration

1635, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of vibration was in 1635

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“Vibration.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vibration. Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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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
: 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 vibration (audio) \ verb vibrated; vibrating
vibrational \ -​shnəl, -​shən-​ᵊl How to pronounce vibration (audio) \ adjective

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