Definitions for Vibrationvaɪˈbreɪ ʃən

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

vi•bra•tionvaɪˈbreɪ ʃən(n.)

  1. the act of vibrating or the state of being vibrated.

  2. 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.

    Category: Physics

  3. an instance of vibratory motion; oscillation; quiver.

  4. a supernatural emanation that is sensed by or revealed to those attuned to the occult.

  5. vibrations,Informal. general emotional feelings one has from another person or a place, situation, etc.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Informal

Origin of vibration:

1645–55; < L


Princeton's WordNet

  1. vibration, quiver, quivering(noun)

    the act of vibrating

  2. shaking, shakiness, trembling, quiver, quivering, vibration, palpitation(noun)

    a shaky motion

    "the shaking of his fingers as he lit his pipe"

  3. oscillation, vibration(noun)

    (physics) a regular periodic variation in value about a mean

  4. vibration, vibe(noun)

    a distinctive emotional aura experienced instinctively

    "that place gave me bad vibrations"; "it gave me a nostalgic vibe"


  1. vibration(Noun)

    The act of vibrating or the condition of being vibrated

  2. vibration(Noun)

    Any periodic process, especially a rapid linear motion of a body about an equilibrium position

  3. vibration(Noun)

    A single complete vibrating motion

  4. vibration(Noun)

    An instinctively sensed emotional aura or atmosphere; vibes

  5. Origin: From vibration, from vibratio, from vibro; see vibrate.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Vibration(noun)

    the act of vibrating, or the state of being vibrated, or in vibratory motion; quick motion to and fro; oscillation, as of a pendulum or musical string

  2. Vibration(noun)

    a limited reciprocating motion of a particle of an elastic body or medium in alternately opposite directions from its position of equilibrium, when that equilibrium has been disturbed, as when a stretched cord or other body produces musical notes, or particles of air transmit sounds to the ear. The path of the particle may be in a straight line, in a circular arc, or in any curve whatever


  1. Vibration

    Vibration is a mechanical phenomenon whereby oscillations occur about an equilibrium point. The oscillations may be periodic such as the motion of a pendulum or random such as the movement of a tire on a gravel road. Vibration is occasionally "desirable". For example the motion of a tuning fork, the reed in a woodwind instrument or harmonica, or mobile phones or the cone of a loudspeaker is desirable vibration, necessary for the correct functioning of the various devices. More often, vibration is undesirable, wasting energy and creating unwanted sound – noise. For example, the vibrational motions of engines, electric motors, or any mechanical device in operation are typically unwanted. Such vibrations can be caused by imbalances in the rotating parts, uneven friction, the meshing of gear teeth, etc. Careful designs usually minimize unwanted vibrations. The study of sound and vibration are closely related. Sound, or "pressure waves", are generated by vibrating structures; these pressure waves can also induce the vibration of structures. Hence, when trying to reduce noise it is often a problem in trying to reduce vibration.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Vibration

    A continuing periodic change in displacement with respect to a fixed reference. (McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific and Technical Terms, 6th ed)

Translations for Vibration

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(an) act of vibrating

This building is badly affected by the vibration of all the heavy traffic that passes.

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