vibration

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From French vibration, from Latin vibrātiō (a shaking or brandishing), from vibrō (shake, vibrate); see vibrate. Morphologically vibrate +‎ -ion

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vibration (countable and uncountable, plural vibrations)

  1. The act of vibrating or the condition of being vibrated.
  2. (physics) Any periodic process, especially a rapid linear motion of a body about an equilibrium position.
  3. A single complete vibrating motion.
  4. (parapsychology) A vibrational energy of spiritual nature through which mediumistic and other paranormal phenomena are conveyed or affected.
    • 1926, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Land of Mist[1]:
      "And the sitters?" "I expect Professor Challenger may wish to bring a friend or two of his own." "They will form a horrible block of vibrations! We must have some of our own sympathetic people to counteract it."
  5. (by extension, slang, often in the plural) An instinctively sensed emotional aura or atmosphere.
    Synonym: vibes
    • 1966, Mike Love; Brian Wilson (lyrics and music), “Good Vibrations”, performed by The Beach Boys:
      I'm pickin' up good vibrations / She's giving me excitations
    • 1967 October 7, “Parade in Haight-Ashbury Marks ‘Death of the Hippie’”, in New York Times[2], page 26:
      The procession circled the district, symbolically purging the area of its “evil,” which paraders described as the “bad vibrations” from tourists and youths in Hippie clothes not living up to Hippie standards.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin vibrātiō.

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vibration f (plural vibrations)

  1. vibration

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