Definition of vibration in English:

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Pronunciation: /vʌɪˈbreɪʃ(ə)n/


1An instance of vibrating: powerful vibrations from an earthquake [mass noun]: the big-capacity engine generated less vibration
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  • Additional equipment was used to generate soil vibrations in playback experiments.
  • In some instances unforeseen vibrations or overload conditions may develop to cause failure.
  • Other rodents probably process the seismic vibrations when they are converted to airborne sounds in the burrow tunnel or chamber.
1.1 Physics 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
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  • 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.
  • In conventional superconductors, vibrations of atoms induce electrons, which normally repel each other, to form pairs.
2 (vibrations) informal 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
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  • 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.
  • 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.



Pronunciation: /vʌɪˈbreɪʃ(ə)n(ə)l/
Example sentences
  • Imagine a molecule made up of tiny balls connected by springs, twang the balls and the molecule vibrates with a set of frequencies which can be recorded as a vibrational spectrum.
  • In a rigid potential well, a molecule has a high vibrational frequency at room temperature, with a concomitant lower vibrational entropy.
  • For a full exploitation of the information content of vibrational spectroscopy, quantum chemical calculations are necessary.


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

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