- 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 vibrationstremor, reverberation, oscillation, pulse, fluctuation, vacillation, beating, quiver, throb, wave, shimmy, wavering, quake, shake, resonance, pulsation, throbbing, trembling, judder
Examples from the Web for vibrations
Contemporary Examples of 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
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?
January 6, 2014
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?
September 27, 2013
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
September 18, 2013
Gurnett knew that he could use the vibrations in the plasma to determine its density.Voyager Is Sending Us the Sounds of Interstellar Space
September 14, 2013
Historical Examples of vibrations
All through the remainder of the meal I could feel the vibrations of his excitement.The Floating Island of Madness
I lost my wits in the confusion; I should have instantly taken off my vibrations.
The pad is to keep the vibrations of the alarm from making the plate vibrate.
So, to be accurate, we should say that sound is vibrations of any kind of matter.
And the vibrations travel better in most other kinds of matter than they do in air.
pl n slang
- 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.