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[vahy-brey-shuh n] /vaɪˈbreɪ ʃən/
the act of vibrating.
the state of being vibrated.
  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.
an instance of vibratory motion; oscillation; quiver; tremor.
a supernatural emanation, bearing good or ill, that is sensed by or revealed to those attuned to the occult.
Often, vibrations. Informal. a general emotional feeling one has from another person or a place, situation, etc.:
I usually get good vibrations from him.
Origin of vibration
1645-55; 1965-70 for def 6; < Latin vibrātiōn- (stem of vibrātiō). See vibrate, -ion
Related forms
vibrational, adjective
vibrationless, adjective
nonvibration, noun
revibration, noun
unvibrational, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for vibrations
  • Gold is the hardest of the three to detect, not as strong of vibrations.
  • The weaker sound vibrations of air necessitate an ear-drum.
  • vibrations from trains are suspected of triggering debris flows.
  • Uh oh, the vibrations from typing that last sentence seem to have jarred loose the anvil.
  • In the third place, it seemed too transmissive of vibrations caused by movement.
  • Covering fibres in a reflective coating allows them to be used to encode information within their vibrations.
  • They convert the vibrations of sound into electrical impulses that the nervous system can handle.
  • There are other means of harvesting ambient energy, from vibrations, movement or heat.
  • They were able to measure the speed and direction of vehicles from ground vibrations.
  • After all, the vibrations need to be significant enough to rouse a mobile's owner, and creating them produces sound.
British Dictionary definitions for vibrations


plural noun (slang)
instinctive feelings supposedly influencing human communication
a characteristic atmosphere felt to be emanating from places or objects
Often shortened to vibes


the act or an instance of vibrating
  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
the process or state of vibrating or being vibrated
Derived Forms
vibrational, adjective
vibrationless, adjective
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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vibrations in Science
A rapid oscillation of a particle, particles, or elastic solid or surface, back and forth across a central position.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
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Slang definitions & phrases for vibrations



A woman who more or less freely made love to soldiers, sailors, etc, from patriotic motives

[WWII; fr victory girl]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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