Meaning of VIBRATION in English

vīˈbrāshən noun

( -s )

Etymology: Latin vibration-, vibratio, from vibratus (past participle of vibrare to shake, vibrate) + -ion-, -io -ion — more at wipe


a. : a periodic motion of the particles of an elastic body or medium in alternately opposite directions from the position of equilibrium when that equilibrium has been disturbed (as when a stretched cord or other body produces musical tones or particles of air transmit sounds to the ear)

b. : the action of vibrating or the state of being vibrated or in vibratory motion: as

(1) : oscillation

(2) : a quivering or trembling motion : quiver

2. : an instance of vibration: as

a. : the complete movement described by a particle of an elastic body or medium until the periodic motion begins to repeat itself

b. : one half of the periodic motion of a particle

c. obsolete : a hypothetical motion of the nerves serving as a means of transmission of sensory impressions

d. : an occult or supernatural entity that exerts a harmful or beneficial influence and is sensible to a person psychically attuned to it

the evil act has set millions of vibrations going — Margery Allingham

got vibrations that you fellows were close — W.T.Brannon

3. : vacillation in opinion, doctrine, or conduct


a. : a characteristic emanation, aura, or spirit that infuses or vitalizes and that can be intuitively sensed or experienced

what was most stimulating … depended largely on the vibrations of his time and country — Sean O'Faolain

the vibration of human kinship — Jean S. Untermeyer

b. : a psychological response especially to aesthetic or emotional stimuli

could … the memory of his smile awake the familiar vibrations — Ellen Glasgow

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