- 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.
Origin of vibration
Related Words for vibrationtremor, reverberation, oscillation, pulse, fluctuation, vacillation, beating, quiver, throb, wave, shimmy, wavering, quake, shake, resonance, pulsation, throbbing, trembling, judder
Examples from the Web for vibration
Contemporary Examples of vibration
But after the fifth consecutive call—the vibration interrupting my conversation with perplexed hosts—I politely stepped away.On the Hunt for Treviño Morales, Zetas Leader
August 6, 2013
Vibration promotes life and vigour, strength and beauty...Vibrate Your Body and Make It Well.'Hysteria' and the Long, Strange History of the Vibrator
April 27, 2012
Some final twitching, a jolt in his chest muscles, a vibration in his hands, and finally it was over.John Grisham's First Short Story: Part Two
October 26, 2009
Historical Examples of vibration
The consequence was a vibration of the mica diaphragm to which the stylus was attached.Heroes of the Telegraph
That utterance sounded like a vibration of the sunlight itself.Abbe Mouret's Transgression
But it is like a vibration of great speed and heat, like a fluid and magnetic heat.The Golden Fountain
The vibration and the deafening noise shook but did not frighten her.The Eternal City
And there was also a chance that Jeter's vibration idea was wrong.Lords of the Stratosphere
Arthur J. Burks
- 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
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.