Definition of vibration in English:

vibration

noun

  • 1An instance of vibrating:

    ‘powerful vibrations from an earthquake’
    [mass noun] ‘the big-capacity engine generated less vibration’
    • ‘The dual action stepper for aerobic exercise, the rowing machine and the vibrator belt for giving vibrations to the abdomen are a few of the different machines available in the market.’
    • ‘The parks and pavements of Jo'burg will soon reverberate to the drum beating and foot stamping vibrations of traditional music, the funky sounds of jazz and the melodies of choral singers.’
    • ‘There is a bulkhead styled like a helicopter and underfloor hydraulics to recreate the sickening vibration of one.’
    • ‘I had a well balanced car until a flat spot on my right front tyre caused terrible vibrations which eventually led to the suspension failure.’
    • ‘Although the drums themselves don't make much noise, I do worry about the vibrations of the bass drum travelling through the floors and walls.’
    • ‘Here, electrical signals are transformed into vibrations that generate sound.’
    • ‘However, the level of vibrations decreased after flaps used to slow the aircraft were raised.’
    • ‘The two things most likely to kill a hard drive before it has completed its expected life are shocks and vibrations.’
    • ‘However, no attempt has been made to find the solution during the transient state of vibrations when the machine is either started or switched off.’
    • ‘Other rodents probably process the seismic vibrations when they are converted to airborne sounds in the burrow tunnel or chamber.’
    • ‘This instance was not the first time that man-made construction vibrations were a concern for the tower.’
    • ‘The whole universe is also vibrating at a certain vibration per second.’
    • ‘Additional equipment was used to generate soil vibrations in playback experiments.’
    • ‘Increased vibration is not what is needed on an already bumpy track.’
    • ‘In some instances unforeseen vibrations or overload conditions may develop to cause failure.’
    • ‘Although there is an existing foundation near central services, rumbling equipment and noticeable vibrations from the nearby boiler house are problematic.’
    • ‘Deaf children are astonished when they start to feel the vibrations of a wide range of instruments.’
    • ‘Stand very still and you might just be able to detect the vibrations rumbling through your body.’
    • ‘I have to say I am mighty impressed by its rumbling vibration, even though it was only used as part of the orchestra.’
    • ‘As soon as the flaps are extended and you start down, you will be conscious of a slight vibration or buffeting.’
    reverberation, resonance, throbbing, throb, vibrating, pulsation, pulsing, rumbling, rumble, beating, beat, drumming, drum, thumping, thump, thrumming, thrum, pounding, pound, palpitating, palpitation
    quiver, quivering, shake, shaking, shaking movement, quaver, quavering, quake, quaking, tremble, trembling, tremor, judder, shiver, shivering, shudder, shuddering
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    1. 1.1Physics An oscillation of the parts of a fluid or an elastic solid whose equilibrium has been disturbed or of an electromagnetic wave:
      ‘molecular vibrations’
      [mass noun] ‘the high frequencies of vibration in diamond’
      • ‘In conventional superconductors, vibrations of atoms induce electrons, which normally repel each other, to form pairs.’
      • ‘However, advocates do not necessarily identify energy or vibrations with radiation or electromagnetic fields, as Abrams did.’
      • ‘In conventional superconductors, atomic vibrations induce the electron pairing.’
      • ‘Sound waves create mechanical vibrations that can be transformed into electrical energy that is added to an audio signal.’
      • ‘In this technique, the vibrations of electromagnetic fields are transferred to the motions of electrons in a gas of atoms.’
  • 2vibrationsinformal A person's emotional state, the atmosphere of a place, or the associations of an object, as communicated to and felt by others:

    ‘I picked up no unusual vibrations as to the envelope's contents’
    • ‘In addition to communication during courtship and reproduction, vibrations can transfer information among social groups, including sibling groups.’
    • ‘With plenty of good vibrations, soul and spirit, this year's Festival is sure to garner some new fans, which is exactly what Hayden and Deen are hoping for.’
    • ‘One guess is that dolphins emit healing energy vibrations.’
    • ‘We'd appreciate it if you'd all join us in that endeavor and keep emanating those good vibrations because they help more than you know.’
    • ‘When you heal, positive vibrations surround you even if you don't realize it.’
    • ‘The impulses to move are triggered by the deepest reverberations or vibrations in your body, as explained by the prana of Indian traditions and qi in the East.’
    • ‘The best way I've ever found is one that can take a little time, and start the vibrations that will follow into the ritual area as the circle is drawn.’
    • ‘The positive vibrations of group prayers, he said, helps develop emotional integrity and strengthens relationships.’
    • ‘Further, your mental state sets up vibrations in the ether which will color your environment and attract similar energies.’
    • ‘And all the while I was absorbing the inner atmosphere and being blessed by the Gods themselves as electric vibrations would come forth from the temple and flow through my body.’
    • ‘To avoid the cards absorbing disturbing vibrations or energies wrap them in a black cloth, silk if you can afford it, and put the wrapped cards in a box.’
    • ‘The atmosphere of the cottage was thick with uneasy vibrations, and as she ascended the staircase, they grew stronger.’
    ambience, aura, climate, air, mood, feel, feeling, character, tone, overtone, undertone, tenor, spirit, quality, aspect, element, undercurrent, flavour, colour, colouring, look, impression, suggestion, emanation
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Origin

Mid 17th century: from Latin vibratio(n-), from the verb vibrare (see vibrate).

Pronunciation:

vibration

/vʌɪˈbreɪʃ(ə)n/