- the act of vibrating.
- the state of being vibrated.
- the oscillating, reciprocating, or other periodic motion of a rigid or elastic body or medium forced from a position or state of equilibrium.
- 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.
- an instance of vibratory motion; oscillation; quiver; tremor.
- a supernatural emanation, bearing good or ill, that is sensed by or revealed to those attuned to the occult.
- 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
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- the act or an instance of vibrating
- a periodic motion about an equilibrium position, such as the regular displacement of air in the propagation of sound
- a single cycle of such a motion
- the process or state of vibrating or being vibrated
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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
- A rapid oscillation of a particle, particles, or elastic solid or surface, back and forth across a central position.
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