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 Even a slight vibration such as would barely ripple a glass of water would be too much. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "The Wonders of Astronomy: The Cutting Edge Space Telescope...of 1939," 17 Dec. 2020 The two pieces in this series remind me of the vibration of the drumming and singing that can be felt in your body. New York Times, "10 Queer Indigenous Artists on Where Their Inspirations Have Led Them," 23 Apr. 2021 The audience can react not only to the voices, but also to the live orchestra and the physical vibration of the music in a way that’s not possible with a CD recording. Lenora Chu, The Christian Science Monitor, "They sing for a living. In the pandemic, Germany has their backs.," 15 Apr. 2021 It is constructed with dual motors to reach three different levels of vibration. Chris Hachey, BGR, "Best Wireless Controller for Nintendo Switch," 12 Apr. 2021 Court TV is looking to a template that dominated in the 1990s — a brutal crime, a compelling victim, controversial police work and a heavy vibration of race — but updating it for today. Washington Post, "With Derek Chauvin’s trial, Court TV is back," 7 Mar. 2021 After the engine suffered the uncontained failure, there was a significant vibration which would have encouraged an immediate return and landing. John Cox, USA TODAY, "Ask the Captain: Did the damaged Boeing 777 have to dump fuel before making emergency landing?," 25 Feb. 2021 But for now, even as it is tinged with uncertainty, life online has a slightly less deafening vibration. Jason Parham, Wired, "An Internet Without Trump," 22 Jan. 2021 One high-end solution: a scrubber that uses vibration to slough away the remains of the day. Rachel Feltman, Popular Science, "Skincare gifts that are actually worth the splurge," 17 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of vibration

1635, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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14 May 2021

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“Vibration.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vibration. Accessed 15 May. 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
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 vibration (audio) \ verb vibrated; vibrating
vibrational \ -​shnəl, -​shən-​ᵊl How to pronounce vibration (audio) \ adjective

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