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vibration

[vahy-brey-shuh n] /vaɪˈbreɪ ʃən/
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.
Origin
1645-1655
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
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  • Twenty-three of those transmitters also had tilt and vibration sensors that measured activity.
  • Anti-vibration devices can negate the vibration exactly the way anti-noise devices cancel sound.
  • Sturdy aluminum tripod provides excellent vibration suppression.
  • Keep your old incandescent bulbs on ceiling fans and other places that experience a lot of vibration.
  • Haptics is the science of simulating pressure, texture, vibration and other sensations related to touch.
  • The less something jiggles about because of heat-induced vibration, the longer it can remain superposed.
  • One could answer, he said, that it is the rapid vibration of water molecules.
  • The mode of vibration determines the nature of the particle.
  • Miss even one of them and you have a path for vibration.
  • Too much vibration and an orangutan can be thrown off altogether.
British Dictionary definitions for vibration

vibration

/vaɪˈbreɪʃən/
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
Derived Forms
vibrational, adjective
vibrationless, adjective
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Word Origin and History for 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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vibration in Science
vibration
  (vī-brā'shən)   
A rapid oscillation of a particle, particles, or elastic solid or surface, back and forth across a central position.
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