noun Date: 1635 1. a. a periodic motion of the particles of an elastic body or medium in alternately opposite directions from the position of equilibrium when that equilibrium has been disturbed (as when a stretched cord produces musical tones or molecules in the air transmit sounds to the ear) b. the action of vibrating ; the state of being vibrated or in vibratory motion: as (1) oscillation (2) a quivering or trembling motion ; quiver 2. an instance of vibration 3. vacillation in opinion or action ; wavering 4. a. a characteristic emanation, aura, or spirit that infuses or vitalizes someone or something and that can be instinctively sensed or experienced — often used in plural b. a distinctive usually emotional atmosphere capable of being sensed — usually used in plural • vibrational adjectivevibrationless adjective

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