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vibration

[vahy-brey-shuh n]
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noun
  1. the act of vibrating.
  2. the state of being vibrated.
  3. Physics.
    1. the oscillating, reciprocating, or other periodic motion of a rigid or elastic body or medium forced from a position or state of equilibrium.
    2. 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.
  4. an instance of vibratory motion; oscillation; quiver; tremor.
  5. a supernatural emanation, bearing good or ill, that is sensed by or revealed to those attuned to the occult.
  6. Often vibrations. Informal. a general emotional feeling one has from another person or a place, situation, etc.: I usually get good vibrations from him.
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Origin of vibration

1645–55; 1965–70 for def 6; < Latin vibrātiōn- (stem of vibrātiō). See vibrate, -ion
Related formsvi·bra·tion·al, adjectivevi·bra·tion·less, adjectivenon·vi·bra·tion, nounre·vi·bra·tion, nounun·vi·bra·tion·al, adjective
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  • All through the remainder of the meal I could feel the vibrations of his excitement.

  • 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.

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    Carleton W. Washburne

  • So, to be accurate, we should say that sound is vibrations of any kind of matter.

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    Carleton W. Washburne

  • And the vibrations travel better in most other kinds of matter than they do in air.

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    Carleton W. Washburne


British Dictionary definitions for vibrations

vibrations

pl n slang
  1. instinctive feelings supposedly influencing human communication
  2. a characteristic atmosphere felt to be emanating from places or objects
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Often shortened to: vibes

vibration

noun
  1. the act or an instance of vibrating
  2. physics
    1. a periodic motion about an equilibrium position, such as the regular displacement of air in the propagation of sound
    2. a single cycle of such a motion
  3. the process or state of vibrating or being vibrated
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Derived Formsvibrational, adjectivevibrationless, adjective
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Word Origin and History for vibrations

vibration

n.

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.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

vibrations in Science

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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