from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A small vibration.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A small vibration. Also vibratiuncule. See the quotation under vestigium.


First used by the English philosopher David Hartley in his 1749 work Observations on Man; from New Latin vibratiuncula, diminutive form of Latin vibrātio ("vibration"). (Wiktionary)


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  • Then it had not been tagged as knowledge to be held for later retrieval, and I would have forgotten it completely had it not been for the sight of the CVS bag, similar enough to the milk-carton bag to trigger vibratiuncles of comparison.
    --Nicholson Baker, 1988, The Mezzanine, p. 8

    June 23, 2010