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

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At the same time, water is injected into this trench at the moment of launch, both to cool the base as well as literally dampen some of the vibrations from the rocket. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "As the SpaceX steamroller surges, European rocket industry vows to resist," 20 July 2018 Special isolation feet and pads—or even something as simple as hockey pucks—can further help reduce vibrations from your floor. Don Melanson, Popular Mechanics, "The Setup: Building a Great Home Entertainment System," 18 July 2018 The water holds the vibration of these words, so talk clearly! Blake Bakkila, Good Housekeeping, "How to Create Your Own Full Moon Ritual, According to an Expert," 5 Mar. 2019 Separately, string theory, which proposes that forces and particles all arise from the vibrations of tiny stringlike units, gave monopoles yet another thumbs-up. Adam Hadhazy, Discover Magazine, "Scientists Hunt for A Seeming Paradox: A Magnet With Only One Pole," 13 Nov. 2018 As there isn’t a conventional transmission, there also isn’t any annoying vibration when the engine starts up as there is in most hybrids, which is a boon in stop and go traffic. Gary Gastelu, Fox News, "The 2019 Honda Insight is a strangely normal hybrid," 24 Aug. 2018 As with the turbo four, Nissan claims that this engine offers reduced noise, vibration, and harshness compared with its predecessor, along with more compact packaging. Joe Lorio, Car and Driver, "2019 Nissan Altima: New Engines and All-Wheel Drive," 29 Mar. 2018 The consent order takes into account the potential dust and vibration from the cleanup, but Inwood Realty’s cleanup plan says most of the debris-sifting would take place at another facility in Rosendale, Queens. Katie Honan, WSJ, "Lawsuit Says Cleanup of Recycling Plant Threatens $1 Billion Worth of Sony Pictures Films," 30 Dec. 2018 Acceleration and vibration felt no different from the 5.3-liter V-8's usual performance. Mark Phelan, USA TODAY, "First Drive: What to expect from new four-cylinder engine in Chevrolet Silverado pickup," 22 June 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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