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

The researchers designed a machine-learning algorithm that could decode vibrations for specific keystrokes. Hamza Shaban, The Denver Post, "Hackers may glean your password by listening to how you type on your phone," 7 July 2019 The wall between the passenger compartment and engine is dimpled like a golf ball to reduce vibration and noise. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "Why Ford walked away from all-aluminum bodies for new 2020 Explorer," 6 July 2019 Once absorbed, photons transfer their energy to the molecules in the pavement, causing them to vibrate, and enough vibration eventually conducts heat. Emily Toomey, Smithsonian, "Attempting to Fry an Egg on the Sidewalk Has Been a Summer Pastime for Over 100 Years," 4 July 2019 Those who participated, according to the study, weren't exactly bothered by phantom vibrations. Joshua Bote, USA TODAY, "Can you get 'horns' from smartphone use? Here are some problems our devices cause," 20 June 2019 Merging play with tools that help doctors do their jobs, the robot — which has four patents pending — can turn it’s neck, nuzzle, open it’s beak and emit sounds and vibrations. Peter Holley, Washington Post, "Children battling cancer can’t always express their feelings. Now a robotic duck is doing it for them.," 20 June 2019 These tools actually provide gutsy performance, vibration-free power, and run time. Popular Mechanics, "The 2019 Popular Mechanics Tool Awards," 14 June 2019 The wildest design came on the Canyon Grail in the form of its CP07 cockpit, which completely rethinks drop handlebar design to add more hand positions and vibration damping. Aaron Gulley, Outside Online, "What We Learned From Our 2019 Bike Test," 25 June 2019 Belly Dance The fluid and sinuous movement of the torso can lead to increased mobility and flexibility of the spine, while the percussive movements and vibration of the hips can improve core strength, Ms. Dooling-Cain says. Jen Murphy, WSJ, "She Strikes a Pose to Break a Sweat With Vogue Classes," 23 June 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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