- 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 vibrations
As a result, sensitive gravitational measurements require isolation from any vibrations and careful fabrication of components.The Equivalence Principle and Testing Einstein With Spaceships and Atoms|Matthew R. Francis|June 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Three-minute-per-day vibrations claim to shape the nose into a straighter, higher version of the shnoz you currently have.DIY Plastic Surgery: Can You Change Your Face Without Going Under the Knife?|Nina Strochlic|January 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
What makes Haptic Feedback interesting is that it can be used for a lot more than just vibrations.Will Valve’s New Steam Controller Revolutionize Video Game Play?|Alec Kubas-Meyer|September 27, 2013|DAILY BEAST
He told the cops about the “microwave machine” whose “vibrations” kept him from being able to sleep.Aaron Alexis Was Hearing Voices a Month Before His Rampage|Michael Daly|September 18, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Gurnett knew that he could use the vibrations in the plasma to determine its density.Voyager Is Sending Us the Sounds of Interstellar Space|Josh Dzieza|September 14, 2013|DAILY BEAST
He found that a current, of a certain number of vibrations, in vacuo, 'insulated' the medium.Carnacki, The Ghost Finder|William Hope Hodgson
The vibrations are confused, some "pulses" occurring more frequently than others.How it Works|Archibald Williams
And do not the vibrations of this medium in hot bodies, contribute to the intenseness and duration of their heat?Aether and Gravitation|William George Hooper
Look at this diagram: the light goes from left to right; we have vibrations perpendicular to the line of transmission.
The second fork has taken up the vibrations of its neighbour, and is now sounding in its turn.Fragments of science, V. 1-2|John Tyndall
British Dictionary definitions for vibrations (1 of 2)
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British Dictionary definitions for vibrations (2 of 2)
- 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 vibrations
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.