- 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
Examples from the Web for vibration
But after the fifth consecutive call—the vibration interrupting my conversation with perplexed hosts—I politely stepped away.
Vibration promotes life and vigour, strength and beauty...Vibrate Your Body and Make It Well.'Hysteria' and the Long, Strange History of the Vibrator|Marlow Stern|April 27, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Some final twitching, a jolt in his chest muscles, a vibration in his hands, and finally it was over.
Sound is transmitted in longitudinal waves through air and other material substance as vibration.Electricity and Magnetism|Elisha Gray
The vibration should be equal at the slightest oscillation of the balance as well as during the longer arcs.Rules and Practice for Adjusting Watches|Walter J. Kleinlein
The vibration and noise were terrific; one could not see even these large shells coming out of the guns, only fire and smoke.My Diary in Serbia: April 1, 1915-Nov. 1, 1915|Monica M. Stanley
The consequence was a vibration of the mica diaphragm to which the stylus was attached.Heroes of the Telegraph|J. Munro
The human hearing apparatus is a device which is set in vibration by air waves, and the result is called sound.Physiology|Ernest G. Martin
British Dictionary definitions for vibration
- 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
Word Origin and History for vibration
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.