[vahy-brey-shuh n]
  1. the act of vibrating.
  2. the state of being vibrated.
  3. Physics.
    1. the oscillating, reciprocating, or other periodic motion of a rigid or elastic body or medium forced from a position or state of equilibrium.
    2. the analogous motion of the particles of a mass of air or the like, whose state of equilibrium has been disturbed, as in transmitting sound.
  4. an instance of vibratory motion; oscillation; quiver; tremor.
  5. a supernatural emanation, bearing good or ill, that is sensed by or revealed to those attuned to the occult.
  6. Often vibrations. Informal. a general emotional feeling one has from another person or a place, situation, etc.: I usually get good vibrations from him.

Origin of vibration

1645–55; 1965–70 for def 6; < Latin vibrātiōn- (stem of vibrātiō). See vibrate, -ion
Related formsvi·bra·tion·al, adjectivevi·bra·tion·less, adjectivenon·vi·bra·tion, nounre·vi·bra·tion, nounun·vi·bra·tion·al, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for revibration


  1. the act or an instance of vibrating
  2. physics
    1. a periodic motion about an equilibrium position, such as the regular displacement of air in the propagation of sound
    2. a single cycle of such a motion
  3. the process or state of vibrating or being vibrated
Derived Formsvibrational, adjectivevibrationless, adjective
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Word Origin and History for revibration



1650s, from Latin vibrationem (nominative vibratio), from vibratus (see vibrate). Meaning "intuitive signal about a person or thing" was popular late 1960s, but has been recorded as far back as 1899.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

revibration in Science


  1. A rapid oscillation of a particle, particles, or elastic solid or surface, back and forth across a central position.
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