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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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  • He caught the pure, the virginal tremor, and knew it for the vibration of her soul.

    The Creators May Sinclair
  • Therefore we may reasonably conclude that this motion or vibration is Heat.

    Aether and Gravitation William George Hooper
  • This was kept in vibration by a current of electricity from five "gravity" cells.

  • There was the vibration of a stifled laugh, and her heart jumped to meet it.

    The Dop Doctor Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
  • As the flood of vibration ceased, I began to curse aloud for the undiplomatic truths I had been forced to utter.

    Valley of the Croen Lee Tarbell
  • The sources of this vibration are the ponderable masses of the universe.

  • When at length he spoke, his voice had a depth and vibration which told me, who knew him so well, how strongly he was moved.

    A Dash .. .. .. For a Throne Arthur W. Marchmont
British Dictionary definitions for vibration


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 vibration

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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vibration 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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