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Definitions of vibration

  1. ( physics) a regular periodic variation in value about a mean
  2. vibrating slightly and irregularly; as e. g. with fear or cold or like the leaves of an aspen in a breeze; " a quaking bog"; " the quaking child asked for more"; " quivering leaves of a poplar tree"; " with shaking knees"; " seemed shaky on her feet"; " sparkling light from the shivering crystals of the chandelier"; " trembling hands"
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. The act of swinging, quivering, or thrilling; trembling motion or sound.
  6. Vibrational.
  7. A vibrating: state of being vibrated.
  8. The act of vibrating; oscillation.
  9. A complete motion back and forth.
  10. The act or vibrating or oscillating; a regular reciprocal motion of a body suspended; oscillation; alternate or reciprocal motion; the motion of a chord, or the undulation of any body, by which sound is produced.
  11. A tremulous motion; the act or state of being moved one way and the other in quick succession; the tremulous motion produced in a body when struck, or disturbed by any impulse.

Usage examples for vibration

  1. They must perform quite complex vibrations for they are called upon to move back and forth just as if there were several strings all trying to push them with different frequencies of vibration. – Letters of a Radio-Engineer to His Son by John Mills
  2. " March 10.- The chapel- clock is in my bedroom, and woke me with its vibration every time it struck the hour. – Story of My Life, volumes 1-3 by Augustus J. C. Hare
  3. The words came from his heart with a nervous intensity which showed itself in his quivering lips, and the vibration of his tone. – The New Tenant by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  4. You see that as they will be alike in every respect, excepting the size of the pebble stones, whatever difference there is in the mode of vibration will probably be caused by the difference in the size of the stones." – Rollo's Experiments by Jacob Abbott
  5. If she strikes a schooner and shears through her like a knife through cheese, there will be a slight vibration of the steel fabric, but not enough to alarm the passengers; the lookout will have caught a hasty glimpse of a ghostly craft, and heard plaintive cries for help, then the fog shuts down on all, like the curtain on the last act of a tragedy. – American Merchant Ships and Sailors by Willis J. Abbot
  6. The far off head of the tree was coming nearer, but the vibration had increased with his movements. – The Heart of Unaga by Ridgwell Cullum
  7. The difference between red and blue, green and violet, is simply that caused by varying rates of vibration. – Genuine Mediumship or The Invisible Powers by Bhakta Vishita
  8. In fact, it was a sort of moral earthquake, and the vibration it occasioned through the nerves of the Republic, from one corner of the Union to the other, was by no means over when I left the country in July, 1831, a couple of years after the shock. – Domestic Manners of the Americans by Fanny Trollope
  9. My love- no words could serve here, but there is life before us, and to the end of it the vibration now struck will extend- I will live and die with your beautiful ring, your beloved hair- comforting me, blessing me. – The Letters of Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Barrett, Vol. 1 (of 2) 1845-1846 by Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Barrett
  10. But when we reach the interior world of matter, the world of molecules, atoms, and electrons, we have reached a world where perpetual motion is the rule; we have reached the fountain- head of energy, and the motion of one body is not at the expense of the motion of some other body, but is a part of the spontaneous struggling and jostling and vibration that go on forever in all the matter of the universe. – The Breath of Life by John Burroughs
  11. " You will leave the room for a moment, nurse," he said with a brassy vibration in the voice- a sign of nervous strain. – The World For Sale, Volume 2. by Gilbert Parker
  12. One hundred miles a minute we sped along, and yet without the least vibration or sound. – Zarlah the Martian by R. Norman Grisewood
  13. And yet a radiance, a vibration, emanated from them, something more subtle even than a sun- ray or a perfume. – Paris From the "Three Cities" by Emile Zola
  14. Yes, but it is only the vibration caused by the water rushing through the open sluices on either side; they are open as wide as they will go, and have just been large enough to do their work well and keep the flood down. – Will of the Mill by George Manville Fenn
  15. It answered the vibration of the car with a visible tremor. – The Romantic by May Sinclair
  16. I climbed the steps, noting still the vibration, and found a door that yielded readily to pressure. – The House of a Thousand Candles by Meredith Nicholson
  17. Air forced through the slit will throw the edges of the folds into vibration and a sound will be produced. – A Practical Physiology by Albert F. Blaisdell
  18. If the waves of vibration struck no human ear, would the sound be in existence at all? – Turn About Eleanor by Ethel M. Kelley
  19. And as Audrey listened to the talk of these acquaintances, Tommy and Nick, who in half an hour had put on the hue of her lifelong friends, and as she heard the piano, and felt the vibration of cars far beneath, she decided that she was still growing happier and happier, and that life and the world were marvellous. – The Lion's Share by E. Arnold Bennett
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