[ vahy-brey-shuhn ]
See synonyms for: vibrationvibrations on

  1. the act of vibrating, or an instance of vibratory motion; oscillation; quiver; tremor.

  2. the state of being vibrated.

  1. Physics.

    • 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.

  2. a supernatural emanation, bearing good or ill, that is sensed by or revealed to those attuned to the occult.

  3. Often vibrations .Informal. vibe (defs. 1, 2).

Origin of vibration

First recorded in 1645–55, and in 1965–70 for def. 5; from Latin vibrātiōn- (stem of vibrātiō ); see vibrate, -ion

Other words from vibration

  • vi·bra·tion·al, adjective
  • vi·bra·tion·less, adjective
  • non·vi·bra·tion, noun
  • re·vi·bra·tion, noun
  • un·vi·bra·tion·al, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use vibration in a sentence

  • Matter is energy, remember, and you can create vibrational momentum by ridding yourself of aptly named stuff.

    The Stars Predict Your Week | Starsky + Cox | October 9, 2011 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • From below came a vibrational rushing noise, nearly subsonic, which told him of the fueling operation.

    Tight Squeeze | Dean Charles Ing
  • All the rest beneath man are vibrational imitations or images of that expression.

  • It picks up the ether and sends it through a set degree of vibrational activity.

    The Blind Spot | Austin Hall
  • It is a curious property of this vibrational system of invisibility that the index of refraction is made very low.

    The Black Star Passes | John W Campbell
  • The vibrational mode of stimulation to be presently described labours under no such disadvantage.

British Dictionary definitions for vibration


/ (vaɪˈbreɪʃən) /

  1. the act or an instance of vibrating

  2. physics

    • 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

  1. the process or state of vibrating or being vibrated

Derived forms of vibration

  • vibrational, adjective
  • vibrationless, adjective

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Scientific definitions for vibration


[ vī-brāshən ]

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

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