Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act of vibrating.
  • n. The condition of being vibrated.
  • n. Physics A rapid linear motion of a particle or of an elastic solid about an equilibrium position.
  • n. Physics A periodic process.
  • n. A single complete vibrating motion; a quiver.
  • n. Slang A distinctive emotional aura or atmosphere regarded as being instinctively sensed or experienced. Often used in the plural: "Miami gives off the same vibrations, the same portent of disaster, but with a difference” ( James Atlas).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of vibrating or the condition of being vibrated
  • n. Any periodic process, especially a rapid linear motion of a body about an equilibrium position
  • n. A single complete vibrating motion
  • n. An instinctively sensed emotional aura or atmosphere; vibes

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of vibrating, or the state of being vibrated, or in vibratory motion; quick motion to and fro; oscillation, as of a pendulum or musical string.
  • n. A limited reciprocating motion of a particle of an elastic body or medium in alternately opposite directions from its position of equilibrium, when that equilibrium has been disturbed, as when a stretched cord or other body produces musical notes, or particles of air transmit sounds to the ear. The path of the particle may be in a straight line, in a circular arc, or in any curve whatever.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of vibrating; a movement to and fro; oscillation; hence, fluctuation in general: as, avibration of opinion.
  • n. In physics, an oscillating, reciprocating, or any kind of stationary motion made by a body, as a pendulum, musical cord, elastic plate, or mass of air, when forced from the position, figure, or volume of equilibrium, under the influence of forces of restitution.
  • n. In medicine, same as fremitus.
  • n. In natural history, movement to and fro, especially when quick, continuous, regular, and of little amplitude; a quivering or shivering motion; tremulousness; tremor: as, the vibration of aspen-leaves on their compressed petioles in the breeze; the vibration of the ear-drum under sound-waves; the vibration of a fly's wings in flight.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the act of vibrating
  • n. (physics) a regular periodic variation in value about a mean
  • n. a distinctive emotional aura experienced instinctively
  • n. a shaky motion

Etymologies

From French vibration, from Latin vibrātiō ("a shaking or brandishing"), from vibrō ("shake, vibrate"); see vibrate. (Wiktionary)

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