vibration

[ vahy-brey-shuh n ]
/ vaɪˈbreɪ ʃən /

noun

the act of vibrating.
the state of being vibrated.
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.
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

1645–55; 1965–70 for def 6; < Latin vibrātiōn- (stem of vibrātiō). See vibrate, -ion

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British Dictionary definitions for vibration

vibration

/ (vaɪˈbreɪʃən) /

noun

the act or an instance of vibrating
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
the process or state of vibrating or being vibrated

Derived Forms

vibrational, adjectivevibrationless, adjective
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Science definitions for vibration

vibration

[ vī-brāshən ]

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